We present our take on the Negroni cocktail. While the drink’s origins are obscured by time, the most widely reported version is that it was invented in Florence, Italy in 1919. A count named Camillo Negroni invented it by asking the bartender to strengthen his favorite cocktail, the Americano, by adding gin rather than the normal soda water. The bartender also added an orange garnish rather than the typical lemon garnish to signify that it was a different drink. After the success of the cocktail, the Negroni Family founded Negroni Distillery in Treviso, Italy, and produced a ready-made version of the drink, sold as Antico Negroni. One of the earliest reports of the drink came from Orson Welles while working in Rome in 1947, where he described a new drink called the Negroni by saying:
“The bitters are excellent for your liver, the gin is bad for you. They balance each other.”
So treat yourself to an old cocktail with a new twist. We call it Death to the Negroni. As well as taking some other liberties, we have substituted Death’s Door White Whiskey for gin. Might we suggest that you drop in one of our handcrafted whiskey stones should that cocktail start to warm, they’ll chill it without diluting. We think Mr. Welles would approve.
The Negroni Cocktail with Death’s Door White Whiskey.
(as served by The Boys @ Hammerstone’s Whiskey Disks)
- 1-1/4 ounce Death’s Door White Whiskey
- 1 ounce Gran Classico Bitter
- 1 ounce Creme de cassis
- 1 ounce Punt E Mes (an Italian vermouth)
- Orange peel
Stir with ice for 30 seconds, strain into a chilled coupe, garnish with the orange peel. You know the drill.