The Negroni sounds like a cocktail out of movie. Our scene begins in France.
General Pascal Olivier Count de Negroni was a hero in the Franco-Prussian war; a decorated general who served for over 40 years in French military service. After the military? He had a fairly uninteresting life working as a Rodeo Cowboy in the United States.
Anyway, the eponymous cocktail is so called because the Count requested that his local bartender replace the club soda in an American w/ some Gin. For those of you unfamiliar with the Americano, or the Milano-Torino as it was called in the Count’s days, it is an official IBA Cocktail- and if I may comment- one that I’ve never seen anyone order outside of the James Bond movies:
Americano Cocktail: 1 part Campari 1 part Sweet Vermouth 1 part club soda Serve on the rocks with an orange/lemon garnish
What happens when you replace the Club Soda w/ gin? First and foremost, it goes from footnote in the IBA manual to subject matter for this blog. But most importantly, it adds an element of spice. Juniper is a spectacular compliment to the herbs and bitters of the Americano cocktail.