Thought to have been invented in 1919, in Florence, Italy at Caffè Casoni. The story goes that Count Camillo Negroni asked his friend and bartender Fosco Scarselli, to strengthen his favorite cocktail, the Americano*. He did so by switching the soda for gin and garnishing it with an orange peel to signify it was a different drink. Soon, everyone was coming into the bar and ordering a ‘Count Negroni.
Camillo Negroni was himself a very interesting figure. Having traveled around America whilst he was in his twenties he ended up as a cowboy for some time. Little did he know that it would be because of his time spent in London, with its prevalent gin scene, that Camillo would go on to create one of the most iconic cocktails of all time.
1 Part VII Hills Gin
1 Part 9 Di Dante Inferno Vermouth
1 Part Savoia Americano
- Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass.
- Add ice and stir until chilled.
- Strain it over ice into a rocks glass.
- Garnish with a slice of Orange.
- A Negroni is an Italian cocktail, made of one part gin, one part vermouth rosso and one part Campari, garnished with orange peel. It is considered an aperitivo. A traditionally made Negroni is stirred, not shaken; it is built over ice in an old-fashioned or rocks glass and garnished with a slice of orange.