Negroni with an orange slice on a blue and yellow background.
The Italian Cocktail That's Always A Reliable Order, According To Experts
By Haldan Kirsch
The American cocktail revival has helped create many new, creative riffs on classic ideas, but some days you might not be feeling so adventurous. In times like these, it's best to have a standard order ready to go, and Corey Philips of the Atlanta pizza bar Nina & Rafi suggests the negroni.
The negroni is a simple construction made with equal parts gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari liqueur, decorated with the perfect twist of an orange peel. It makes for a refreshing and bittersweet drink with simple elegance, no matter who makes it, so you can safely order it at any establishment.
While the bartender who first crafted the negroni was named Forsco Scarselli, the inspiration for the drink came from count Camilo Negroni. The legend says that while visiting Bar Casoni in Florence, Italy, Negroni decided he had tired of his usual Americano and had Scarselli "fix it," which he did by replacing the club soda with gin, creating the Negroni.