Like a properly-fitted suit, a well-made negroni should grab you by the shoulders, make you stand up straight and give you a general feeling of importance. Nothing hits the spot quite like it but be warned they are powerful and dangerously drinkable. Luckily, unlike most cocktails, with the negroni there is no rush; they have a very wide timescale of deliciousness being good strong but also excellent diluted as the ice melts. Diluted or not, the flavour is so powerful that you won’t be able to taste much afterwards so don’t open the good burgundy. The best thing after a negroni is another negroni but then you must move onto food or trouble will ensue. Serve the food with a neutralish Italian white wine and plenty of water.
1 shot of red vermouth – Martini Rosso is fine. Thankfully the people at this blog have tasted all the most common brands so that I didn’t have to. Thank heavens for the internet
1 shot of Campari
1 shot of gin – I’m currently using Boodles gin which seems to work well. Don’t go for anything too fancy as you won’t be able to taste its complexities through the Campari and vermouth. The gin brings alcohol and juniper and not much else.
1 slice of orange – you can do that burning thing if you like but I’m happy just with a bit of orange.
Fill a glass full of ice cubes. I use a whisky tumbler that used to belong to my grandmother but anything similar will do.
Add a shot of each of the components.
Add the orange slice
Feel that medicinal goodness fill your body.