Classic Italian Cocktails: The Negroni


Campari spritz – A spritz is a glass of prosecco or other slightly fizzy white wine (in Emilia-Romagna they often use Pignoletto) with a liquor. Campari is the classic choice – with a bright pink flamingo color that belies a strong bitter taste.

Aperol spritz – For those who find Campari a bit much to take, the aperol spritz is a fine alternative. Aperol is orange in both color and flavor with a sweeter, less bitter taste.

Americano – Campari, soda water, and sweet vermouth in a highball glass. Usually garnished with a slice of orange.

Negroni – Campari for adults. Coined in Florence’s Bar Casoni in the 1920s, the Negroni is an Americano with gin replacing the soda water. It’s named for the man who requested it that way, Count Camillo Negroni.

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  1. Janin says:

    Which red wines do you recommend for cooking like for the cauliflower and for drinking? I can’t wait to try your amatriciana recipe. We had it in Rome and I have searching for an authentic recipe. I will let you know how it comes out.

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