Generally the Negroni is considered a “pre-dinner” drink. The bitters, often Campari is designed to stimulate the appetite before a meal. Apertifs and Digestifs in particular are more common in Italian culture; therefore the reputed origin of the Negroni- say Florence, Italy, somewhere around 1919?
Regardless of origin, this drink is classic; however uncommon it may be. In its most general form a Negroni consists of gin (surprise, surprise!), sweet red vermouth, and a bitters/campari. Though in theory an alternative like Cynar could be used, most cocktailians seem to agree that this is a drink for Campari.
Source #1 Source #2 Source #3 Source #4 Gin 1 part 1 oz. 1 oz. 1.5 oz. Vemouth 1 part 3/4 oz. 1 oz. 1.5 oz. Campari 1 part 1 oz. 1 oz. 1.5 oz. Soda splash optional Garnish slice of orange burnt orange orange twist lemon peel
Usually the joke behind the title “cocktails by consensus” is that there is no consensus. But for the Negroni- we have a nearly unanimous recipe. The 1:1:1 ratio is present in 3 of our recipes.