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AS THE HOT-RIGHT-NOW NEGRONI CELEBRATES A SIGNIFICANT BIRTHDAY, WE FIND OUT WHERE ITS BEST INCARNATIONS ARE BEING MIXED ON OUR LOCAL PATCH…

THE NEGRONI TURNS 100 years old in 2019, don’t you know? The guys at Campari – a liqueur which makes up a third of the drink, along with gin and vermouth – have been spreading the word and sharing some lesser known info on the popular aperitif. The most common story of its conception is based around Count Camillo Negroni, a fan of the Americano cocktail made with Campari, sweet vermouth and soda water. In a watering hole in Florence one day, he asked the bartender to swap out the soda in his usual sip for gin, having come across the spirit on his travels to Britain. The concoction soon took off, with others, they say, soon ordering the Americano the ‘Negroni way.’ Traditionally, the drink is served equal parts of all three ingredients and garnished with a twist or slice of orange. London Dry is the usual choice of gin, along with a sweet (red) vermouth like Cinzano Rosso. Of course, Campari leaves less room for interpretation – it’s the only drink of its kind and is made to a top secret recipe, with only three people being privy to it. (The original document is stored in a vault in Milan. For real.) This is a cocktail to stir, not shake, and most bartenders will build it in the glass over large chunks of ice. There are, naturally, infinite variations. Ratios can be played with and ingredients swapped out (gin for Prosecco is one example) and added. Little Victories at Wapping Wharf in Bristol knocks together a fine cold brew Negroni with a caffeinated kick, for instance. We’ve, of course, conducted some thorough firsthand research on where to get a cracking Negroni in Bath and Bristol (the things we do for you) but also asked you guys, our readers, for your favourite serves. Psychopomp, Pasta Loco, Amoeba, Berthas and Playground Coffee in Bristol and Canary, Circo and Dark Horse in Bath were popular choices. Now, go forth to said establishments and celebrate this fine aperitif’s centenary.

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