The Negroni is a quintessential gin cocktail with a big, bold and bitter flavour profile. A classic Italian aperitif cocktail with a gin kick, it was originally created in 1919 for Count Camillo Negroni, who asked for a stronger version of the Americano (a combination of vermouth, Campari and soda water), so the bartender subbed out the soda in favour of gin – and the rest is history!
The Negroni has a strong, bitter and herbaceous flavour profile that divides the population. It's like marmite - you either love it or hate it.
At Gin Loot share the top tips from our resident Spirits Specialist Tim Laferla on how to make the ultimate Negroni.
30ml Gin - Gin Loot recommends Kangeroo Island Spirits O'Gin
30ml Sweet Vermouth
Garnish - Orange Peel
Ice - Cubed
Glass - Rock Glass
Tim Laferla's Top Tips
"One of the biggest mistakes with a Negroni is the sweet vermouth - remember that sweet vermouth is a fortified wine product that deteriorates over time. Make sure you store it in the fridge once opened and consume within 2 months.
Many recipes call for different garnishes. Always use either an orange peel or an orange wedge. The orange wedge will give you a sweeter, more rounded cocktail, while an orange peel results in a brighter, more aromatic drink.
If you don't have a mixing glass or mixing tin that is fine - the drink works well making straight in the glass as well. The benefit of straining over new ice is bigger ice cubes that will keep your drink colder for longer and make it less watery."
Kangeroo Island Spirits O'Gin 700ml RRP $84.00
Available online at ginloot.com