During Prohibition, Americans were flocking to Italy not just to enjoy a fabulous European getaway, but to indulge in cocktails guilt-free. During this time, thirsty Italian count Camillo Negroni asked his barkeep at Café Casoni in Florence for a stronger version of his signature drink, the Americano. Since this era’s reigning spirit was gin, his cocktail was "accidently" prepared with plenty of it. The result was the Negroni and the rest, as they say, is history. Today, this bitter aperitif, also known as "a gentleman’s drink," can still be savored at Manhattan’s gastropub Park Avenue Tavern, where the mixologists take pride in serving guests this old-school favorite
Add ingredients in a shaker filled with cracked ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of orange peel.