- First, a little history via James Bond. Because bitters were his first love.
- And for even more history on the drink, check out the book by Gary Regan!
- Not sure what bars in your neighborhood are participating this year? Check out this bar finder and see what charity your bar is supporting.
- Pins are so hot right now. And you can have your very own Negroni version to rock out with this week.
- Negroni lollipops. They’re a thing you should eat.
- And speaking of eating, if you’re in Los Angeles this week, check out Break Room 86 and enjoy a Negroni Ice Cream sandwich. Because… ice cream (and because we’ll be stopping in Wednesday night for a special cocktail surprise. Watch for details on Instagram!).
- Did you check out our Negroni Week post? We got all the details on what it is, AND THREE NEW COCKTAILS for you to enjoy.
- You can also eyeball our other Negroni riffs from years past. Coconut. Coffee. Go get ’em.
- Accessorize your ensemble this week with a Negroni bandana and $2 of each sale will benefit the San Francisco Marin food bank!
- And lastly, we’ll be out and about all week supporting our favorite bars and charities. Stop on by our Instagram and say hi and let us know where you’re going!
While I also will be out and about that week seeing what Los Angeles bars have concocted, I’m also offering up a favorite variation here on the site that you can try all year round.
I’ve swapped out the gin with mezcal (because I can’t help myself), and the sweet vermouth with Amaro Nonino (I don’t need a reason other than to tell you I love this stuff). The Campari stays the same.
1 ounce Vida Organic Mezcal
1 ounce Amaro Nonino
3/4 ounce Campari
orange peel for garnish
In a mixing glass 2/3 filled with ice, stir together the mezcal, amaro and Campari. Strain into a chilled rocks glass. Express orange oils over the ice and plop the peel in the glass.
Bright, juicy citrus battles it out with the mezcal and licorice on the nose. The first sip is rich, smooth with a not subtle bitter hit from the Campari immediately with the earthiness of the mezcal right behind. Campari can really stand up to the aggressive nature of the smoke in a mezcal and I love pairing them here. The Amaro Nonino adds some spice and complexity, as well as a nice mouthfeel to the whole drink.
Do you have a favorite Negroni variation? Or do you prefer the old tried and true recipe? Also, don’t forget that Stir & Strain is running a GIVEAWAY (check it out and enter).
Like most ladies who adore large hats and bejeweled crocodile brooches, I am an avid reader/looker-on of the Mrs. Lilien blog. For a little while now, with news of a cocktail book in the near future, she has released a series of outfits/accessories/etc. inspired by cocktails.
Now, if anyone has hit the target with me on exactly the right way to market, it’s this woman. Show me a chiffon gown with some shiny earrings, a beautiful goblet and name it all after a favorite cocktail of mine and BOOM. I’m sold. I recently was in Vegas for a couple of days and found myself staring at those scroll sunglasses from Prada and walked away only because they had sold out of the black ones. Even more odd was that my husband thought they looked cool. I’m still blinking confusedly thinking of that. I would never have known of their existence (or intense desire to HAVE THEM) until she put it out there as part of a clever ensemble.
Crap. I believe that was most of the male readers leaving the room. For those men remaining I have a deep affection for scotch and cigars too. You’re day is coming soon.
My favorite of these featurettes is the Mrs. Negroni. Perhaps it’s the dress, or my love of orange (at the moment), but more likely it’s a love of that bitter Italian aperitif that is getting a workout around the house lately. The cocktails on the blog are not that obscure, but what I’d love to see is an outfit for a Rum Barrel, or a Samoan Fog Cutter- something that you can pair with a giant banana headdress. (I do love the Tiki Drinks). I’m just throwing that one out there…