How to make the perfect Negroni

It’s Negroni Week! Imbibe launched Negroni Week in 2013 as a celebration of one of the world’s great cocktails and an effort to raise money for charities around the world. With rocketing popularity of the iconic Italian spirit Campari plus gin revolution that has been occurring over the passed few years, the Negroni is now seen in most London cocktail bars. Bitter but sweet, simple yet complex and still so refreshing – it’s no wonder this historic drink has experienced a revival.

To stir one up at home, follow our recipe below for the perfect Negroni.

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How to make the perfect Negroni

With rocketing popularity of the iconic Italian spirit Campari plus gin revolution that has been occurring over the passed few years, the Negroni is now seen on most London cocktail bars. Bitter but sweet, simple yet complex and still so refreshing – it’s no wonder this historic drink has experienced a revival.

To stir one up at home, follow our recipe below for the perfect Negroni.

A brief history of the Negroni

The Negroni is an adaptation itself – of the Americano, a simple blend of Campari, vermouth and soda. Story goes that the drink was invented in Florence in 1919 when Count Negroni asked for a slug of gin in his Americano in place of the soda. So the aromatic Negroni was born, and was swiftly adopted by Italians as a pre-dinner drink, or a palate-cleansing settler for after dinner.

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Originating in Britain during the 18th century, Old Tom was the traditional gin of choice for cocktails like the Tom Collins, Gin Rickey, and Martinez. The spirit all but died out in the middle part of the 20th century, though these days it’s enjoying something of a revival. The UK’s Hayman Distillers launched an Old Tom gin in 2007, which is probably the most well known but others soon followed suit including Jensens Gin.

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Gin and Tonic Popsicles

Ice lollies for adults. Forget gin on rocks with slice of cucumber, lick it off the stick and you won’t even notice you got yourself drunk.

These are so great for a sunny summers day and not hard to make. Why not make a batch now so they are ready for when the sun comes out.

DP2M1150 Recipe for Gin, Cucumber and white current lollies

  • 350g fresh white currants
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 cup gin
  • ½l  water
  • 1 sliced lemon
  • 1 sliced cucumber

Simmer the the white currants and sugar with about ½ a cup of water for 8-10 mins. Leave to cool. Strain, and push pulp through sieve to remove seeds. Add the lemon juice, gin and water. Pour into the popsicle mould (if you don’t have one then plastic champagne glasses work well – probably about 7-8) insert cucumber or lemon slices and freeze for at least 5 hours.

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