The Aperitivo was created as a functional and uncomplicated way to spend time with friends and/or family. Boretti stimulates the social aspect by making cooking in Italian life style pleasant. Enjoying an Aperitivo with friends while the barbecue is warming up outside is a very good way to spend quality time together. With the Aperitivo, you should have a drink, as every Italian knows.
The classic Italian aperitivo drinks vary per region. The common denominator though, is that they are usually made with Aperol or Campari liqueur. At first, they might taste a little bitter. The most popular drinks are Spritz, Negroni, Aperol or Americano.
Origins of the Negroni
There are many other options too, such as the Mojito or the Cosmopolitan. But the Negroni is still the most popular in Italy: a mix of Campari, gin and vermouth. The drink originated in Florence in 1919, where it was invented by Camillo Negroni. We'll gladly share the preparation method and recipe of the Negroni. This drink is enjoyed all year long, outside when the weather is warm, and otherwise indoors, accompanied with delicious snacks and good company.
Preparation of the Negroni
The cocktail, which is prepared with a quality gin –such as Tanqueray or Plymouth– mixed with two classic Italian spirits, Campari and red vermouth –for instance Dolin or Carpano─ will put you in the Italian holiday mood. Suddenly, the sun will shine and your taste buds are dancing. As is the case with most Italian meals, the Negroni cocktail is a virtually perfect combination of simplicity and optimal flavour. When you drink it, everything falls into place: the elegance and kindness of the Italians, warm sunny days and an unequivocally inspiring environment. Here, you enjoy Negronis in a small authentic bar.
Recipe for Negroni
Unfortunately, the holiday is over before you know it and returning home is inevitable. As soon as you're back, you start to miss it. The memory of enjoying that Negroni on a beautiful, sun-lit patio seems like a lifetime ago. Luckily, the good news is that there is a simple yet elegant solution to this problem. You can easily make that delicious Negroni yourself at home. All you need is your best glass, some ice cubes, an orange, a selection of fine spirits and a couple of good friends to share it with.
The perfect mix:
- 3 cl gin
- 3 cl red vermouth
- 3 cl Campari
- Ice cubes
- Add slices of orange to taste