The Negroni likely originated in 1919, Florence, Italy, after a bartender substituted gin for soda water in an Americano. Bringing some strength to the Americano and replacing the traditional lemon garnish for an orange peel, the Negroni was born.
After nearly a century, the Negroni still holds its own next to other classic cocktails such as the Manhattan or Old Fashioned. Well-balanced, like the Scales of Justice, the Negroni consists of three ingredients, all in equal proportions – making this libation incredibly difficult to mistake.
One (1) part Gin
One (1) part Vermouth Rosso
One (1) part Campari
For our cocktail, we used “Green Hat” gin – a gin near and dear to our hearts because of fellow attorney and Navy veteran turned distiller, Michael Lowe, who brought craft distilling to Washington, DC in 2011. Cinzano is our base vermouth. We aged this cocktail to perfection for around 7 days in an American white oak barrel. Our American white oak barrel was previously used to age a variation of the “Poor Man’s Pappy;” so, this Negroni has undertones of bourbon. It’s by no means a Boulevardier; but, you can certainly pick up on the bourbon’s caramel and vanilla notes. The Green Hat gin holds up well with its citrus forward aroma. The bitterness of the Campari lingers on the palate. For garnish, we used an orange peel from our family’s Florida Orange tree.
I doubt this Negroni will last long in the Barrister’s Bar Room.