A man walked into a bar – only this time it’s not the beginning of a witty joke. Because when Count Camillo Negroni walked into his favourite bar, he spruced up his order and a concoction was created that made history. In Florence 1919, an ’Americano’ was requested made with Gin instead of soda water, and a twist of orange was added to complement the flavour. The rest is history.

The red-hearted cocktail that transports us to the Mediterranean, Negroni is 100 years young. Crafted by the perfect combination of three ingredients: Sweet Vermouth to balance the unique bitterness of the Campari, and Gin to introduce the depth of flavour. Garnished by the fresh burst of orange and served over ice, this timeless classic is an iconic addition to cocktail menus around the globe. If you haven’t yet acquired the taste, next week is the perfect opportunity to for Negroni Week 2019 from 24-30 June.

So where to celebrate Negroni this week?

Joe’s Bar

Negroni to your hearts content with a section of the menu dedicated to the icon. Try it the way you like it with hints of forest berries, a Moroccan twist, apricot-infused and Caribbean, or a Native Australian edition.

QT Canberra

Negroni Sessions have come to play for the whole month of June at the exquisite bars of QT hotel. Appreciate the traditional combination or try with a QT quirk featuring Grand Marnier and chocolate bitters.

 

Amici Bar

Can’t make it to Europe this year? This chic Italian bar introduces a flowing Negroni Fountain to the CBD. Enjoy the classic cocktail by the fountain-ful alongside freshly sliced deli meats and cheeses.

The Duxton

Drinking for a cause sounds like the right idea. Alongside 10,000 other venues, Dickson’s local is joining to raise money for charities around the world as part of the official Negroni Week. A special menu will launch where a portion of each drink will be donated.

 

Kokomos

It wouldn’t be Kokomos without adding a tropical twist to the classic cocktail. Kokomos serves up a Pineapple Negroni incorporating pineapple rum and a stir down of platation pineapple for sweetness.

 

Molto Italian

Taking the celebrations to the tranquil Kingston Foreshore, sip on a Negroni in a venue as authentic as Nona’s kitchen. A portion of every Negroni sold will be donated to City Harvest so show your support for this amazing cause as you indulge.

 

Monster Kitchen & Bar

Nestled above the grand stairs of the Nishi Building, sink into the luxe furnishing of Monster where a classic Negroni is served with a burst of Pink Grapefruit Oil. Try their 4 Pillars Spiced Negroni Gin infused with orange and basil notes.