Brookie’s 7 days of Negroni Week
This year we upped the ante on Negroni Week to bring you 7 different recipes from our favourite movers and shakers from some of Australia’s finest Gin-slinging venues!
But before we delve into the recipes of our favourite ruby-red Aperitivo, we thought it fitting to share with you briefly the origins of the Negroni…
Let’s wind the clock back to 1919. Here we find Count Camillo Negroni visiting his favourite watering hole in Florence, Caffe Casoni. Reportedly Count Negroni was an eccentric character from an affluent family who’d taken off to explore America where he fell in love with the Americano cocktail (Campari & Sweet Vermouth topped with Soda).
On his return to Italy, whether it be a stroke of genius or a stroke of desperation, Negroni requested his usual order of an Americano, to be served with a splash of Gin, hold the Soda. BOOM!! One of the world’s most famous cocktails was born!
After the success of the cocktail, the Negroni family founded Negroni Distillery in Treviso, Italy, and produced a ready-made version of the drink, sold as Antico Negroni 1919. This distillery is still around today as is Caffe Casoni where the drink was first poured (although it now goes by another name).
Moral of the story? When in doubt replace water with Gin!