Created in Firenze, Italia, this lovely medicine is the perfect aperitivo before your meal arrives. It was born as a successor to the Americano (1 part bitters, 1 part sweet vermout, 1 part soda with a lemon twist) when Count Negroni wanted a stiffer version. Rather than the soda, he prescribed himself a substitution of gin, and an orange replaced the lemon. Altogether, it makes the perfect 5 o’clock sipper.
There are typically two ways: 1) Pour all three ingredients over a low ball glass of rocks, or rather 2) stir in a shaker and pour cold into a cocktail glass, both topped with your orange. The former is more practical, seeing as you’ll find yourself making another fairly quickly.
Ecco – alla vostra salute. Enjoy your glass, and do give a tip of the hat to Count Negroni while you’re at it.