The Negroni – Our Late Summer Recipe Choice

With its perfect balance of bitter, sweet and a little something extra, we have concluded this is the best late-summer cocktail. Here we share our recipe to make up a Negroni and a little of the fascinating history behind this popular drink.

Recipe:

25ml Gorilla Power Gin
25ml Sweet Vermouth
25ml Campari
Ice

Garnish with an orange slice or lime peel.

Method:

STEP 1
Mix the vermouth, gin and campari into a mixing glass or a small jug with a small amount of ice. Stir well until the outside of the glass feels cold.

STEP 2
Strain into a tumbler and add 1 large ice cube or some crushed fresh ice, garnish with an orange slice – a blood orange sets off this drink nicely when in season.

History:

It’s Florence, 1919, where according to reliable folklore, this iconic cocktail was born. An Italian bartender had responded to a customer’s demand for a stiffer take on the much tamer cousin to what would become the Negroni, the Americano cocktail (Campari, sweet vermouth, and club soda). The patron in question was one Count Camillo Negroni who had picked up a taste for strong liquor while working as a rodeo clown in the American Wild West – true story. The Count’s name was ultimately given to the resulting concoction. It wasn’t long before the slightly bittersweet concoction grew in popularity and moved from relative obscurity to headlining every notable drinks menu worldwide.

Make up this drink with a twist using any Gin from our African collection – Gorilla Power Gin, Waragi Gin or Castle Gin

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