The Negroni is a classic Italian cocktail. Like most Campari-based drinks, it’s traditionally had as a pre-dinner aperitif, in order to stimulate the appetite.
* 1 ounce London dry gin
* 1 ounce Campari
* 1 ounce sweet vermouth
* Orange zest for garnish
Combine the liquid ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Stir for 20 to 30 seconds, until cold, and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass, or over ice into an old fashioned glass. Flame the orange zest over the drink and then float it on top.
This is the sort of drink you’ll want to adjust to your own taste, altering the amounts of vermouth and Campari as you prefer. For best results, use a London dry gin and a full-bodied vermouth. I’m using Dolin these days but Punt e Mes is also a great choice. For top-shelf appeal, try Carpano Antica.