The Negroni was first mixed in Florence, Italy in 1919 when Count Camillo Negroni asked the bartender of Caffè Casoni, Fosco Scarselli, to strengthen his favourite cocktail, the Americano, by adding gin rather than soda water. Scarselli also added an orange garnish instead of lemon, and The Negroni was born.
Popular folk law paints an interesting picture of Camillo Negroni, as an Italian Count who travelled to the US becoming an ‘adventurer, cowboy, banker and riverboat gambler in the Wild West’. He returned to Florence circa 1910, and nine years after that created the cocktail now known as The Negroni.
We love this citrusy and heavy cocktail, and it goes perfectly with one of our meatier stone-fired pizzas.
30ml Bulldog Gin
10ml Cinzano Rosso
15ml Blood Orange
1. Rim a glass with Campari sugar
2. Pour Bulldog Gin, Campari, Aperol & Cinzano Rosso into the glass
3. Add blood orange, a scoop of ice and stir
4. Garnish with a wedge of lemon