My all time favourite cocktail is the Negroni. A very simple cocktail, carrying only three ingredients….but oh….the complexity of flavours. Campari, Sweet Vermouth and Gin. The Campari does somthing to the Sweet Vermouth [not a drink I care for on its own] and the Gin does something indefinable to the Campari. And the combination does something for me…Oh bliss!!
The story goes the Count Negroni, a bit of a Milano bar fly by all accounts, spending much of his time drinking the then “all the rage” Americano cocktail. After some time spent in America and then in England where he discovers thepleasures of Gin, the Count returns to his beloved Milan. One day feeling the need for something with a bit more teeth, he orders an Americano with the addition of Gin. Soon, everybody is wanting their Americano the “Negroni” way…….and the Negroni was borne!
What Gin should you use? Gordons is OK, Plymouth is pretty good and for me Tanqueray is best – but that is just my opinion. Try it with Bombay or Hendricks if you prefer…it matters not.
Do tell me…what is your favourite cocktail?