The Negroni is a very simple drink recipe. This classic cocktail features just three ingredients: gin, sweet vermouth and Campari. It tastes like cherry, wine and citrus, but with noticeable bitter notes. It can be a bit of an acquired taste.
This is a real bartenders' drink. Many will say it is a man's drink but I think there is something very cool (not that alcohol makes you cool, obviously) and egalitarian in a girl ordering a 'men's drink'. If you do want to soften it up a bit, just mix your Negroni up with a glass of Champagne or Cava.
The negroni, he says, embodies sprezzatura – an Italian mood of nonchalant, urbane elegance. “It is sophisticated. It's very grownup, because it's got that bitterness, which is a taste you have to acquire. But the colour, that strong Campari red, gives it just a drop of tackiness that lifts it to the heights.”
As many people know, Campari was traditionally colored with cochineal, a scale insect native to South America that grows on the prickly pear cactus. (Cochineal is still used in many products today, as it is a natural coloring and doesn't need to be labelled as the unsightly 'artificial coloring'.)
Campari and Aperol are both Italian aperitivo spirits, or aperitifs. The term aperitif traditionally refers to any predinner beverage—including Champagne, vermouth, beer or a cocktail—that's intended to open the palate and prepare it for the forthcoming meal.
A shandy is a European beer cocktail, invented in Britain in the mid-1800's. The original name was shandygaff, which refers to a beer mixed with ginger beer or ginger ale. Today it's very popular in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, and is sometimes known as the French name Panaché.
Aperol is sweeter than Campari, which has a distinctly bitter flavor profile that is essential to cocktails like the Negroni and the Boulevardier. Alcohol content. Aperol has a low alcohol content (11% ABV), while Campari has a much higher alcohol content (20.5–28.5% ABV, depending on where it's sold).
Most vermouths are bottled at between 16% and 18% ABV, as compared with the 9–14% ABV of most unfortified wines. Spice ingredients often used in vermouths include cloves, cinnamon, quinine, citrus peel, cardamom, marjoram, chamomile, coriander, juniper, hyssop, ginger, and labdanum.
What it is: Triple Sec is any clear dry orange-flavored liqueur, including Cointreau. In most liquor stores, bottles labeled Triple Sec are lower in quality and more affordable than Cointreau. Flavor: Triple Sec has a more straightforward flavor vs Cointreau: it's very citrusy, almost like an orange-infused vodka.
Campari is a blend of between 10 and 70 herbs, flowers, and roots infused into a high-proof alcohol and sweetened with sugar syrup. The Campari you find on store shelves is still made outside Milan, Italy according to Gaspare Campari's original 1860 recipe.
Aperol is an Italian bitter apéritif made of gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona, among other ingredients. It has a vibrant orange hue. Its name comes from the Italian slang word for aperitivo, which is apero.
What Is Amaretto Liqueur? Amaretto is an Italian liqueur made from apricot kernels, which give the liquor a distinctly bitter almond flavor. Its name comes from amaro, the Italian word for “bitter.” Sweeter notes of brown sugar temper the bitterness of the apricot pits.
A Negroni is a three-ingredient cocktail made with equal parts gin, sweet vermouth and Campari. Of those three ingredients, Campari is the only constant — you can try any type of gin or sweet vermouth, but you better not add anything except Campari.
Aperol itself is a slightly bitter orange aperitif, sort of a cross between Grand Marnier and Campari, that doesn't hit you over the head with a high alcohol content but gives you a pleasant buzz when mixed with sparkling wine.
The basic makeup of a Negroni is one part gin, one part Campari, and one part sweet vermouth—we used one ounce of each to mix ours, plus ice and an orange peel.
The patron, Count Camillo Negroni, had picked up a taste for strong liquor while working—true story—as a rodeo clown in the American Wild West, and gave his name to the resulting concoction.
Dating back to the early 1900's the drink was thought of as being a balance of both the good (bitters) and bad (gin) things in life. Some may say Negroni drinkers live life on the edge a little. If that's you, it means you're a practical thinker and a good listener, yet creative in your decisions.