Winner receives dinner for 4 at Little Napoli
(and the cocktail named after them at Vesuvio Restaurant in Carmel)
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Mix your own ” Negroni”
Italy has been the leader of art and fashion of the world for hundreds of years, so it is no surprise that the same can be said when it comes to the world of spirits and cocktails. Perhaps one of the best cocktails ever created bears the name of an Italian Count and is made with the Italian liqueur that helped start the aperitivo trend. The spirit is Campari; the drink is the Negroni.
During the early 1900s, Florence was the center of the fashion world and a drink called the Americano was all the rage. It was made with Campari, Cinzano Sweet Vermouth, and a little soda water with an orange twist. To order this drink at the bar you were immediately recognized as a modaiolo – “a fashionable person in the know.”
On the trendy Via Tornabuoni was the wildly popular Caffe’Giacosa (now owned by designer Roberto Cavalli), in the heart of the shopping district. One day in 1920, local trendsetter Count Camillo Negroni walked in and needed a little more punch to his Americano, so he asked to have some gin added to his drink. It became a surprise hit all over Florence and soon all of Italy was drinking what was to become known as the Negroni.
I was introduced to this drink by the Antinori family, as their palazzo is also on Via Tornabuoni just a few steps away from Caffe’ Giacosa. It is my go-to cocktail and here I offer you this classic recipe. This drink is slightly bitter-sweet, so it may be an acquired taste for some, but it is surely a taste of Italy in a glass.