The Martini. The Margarita. The Old Fashioned. Every now and then a cocktail comes along that captures the attention of many. It's just a shame it took so damn long for the Negroni to do that.
Traditionally made with equal portions of gin, sweet vermouth and Campari, the Negroni is a lesson in simplicity and balance. But start tweaking the ingredients in just the slightest way (even just use different types of gin), and the Negroni can be as diverse as the people that make them. Maybe that's why Imbibe Magazine and Campari have teamed up to celebrate Negroni Week.
Started in 2013, Negroni Week is a week-long celebration of one of the world’s great cocktails and an effort to raise money for charitable causes around the world. From 2013 to 2014, Negroni Week grew from more than 100 participating bars to more than 1,300 participating bars around the world and more than $120,000 raised for charities. 2015 promises to be another record-setting year with more than 2600 bars and restaurants already signed up. Perhaps even cooler, each bar can select the charity they want to support.
Here in Nashville, there are several bars participating in Negroni Week (you can see and search all bars from around the world on the Negroni Week website). We don't know about you, but we're definitely planning on hitting up at least a few of those to support the cause. Yeah yeah, it's a tough job, but somebody has to do it.
At the time of publishing, here are the local spots you can go to enjoy a Negroni for Negroni Week:
- Chauhan Ale and Masala House - supporting March of Dimes
- Embers Ski Lodge - supporting Red Cross Everest Disaster Relief
- Exit/In - supporting W.O. Smith School of Music
- Hurry Back - supporting W.O. Smith School of Music
- Marathon Music Works - supporting W.O. Smith School of Music
- Party Fowl - supporting The Tomorrow Fund
- Sinema - supporting Freedom Sanctuary
- The Sutler - supporting Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee
- Union Common - supporting Mary Parrish Center
- Watermark - supporting Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
- William Collier's - supporting W.O. Smith School of Music
Of course, you're welcome to make your own. Lucky for you, we've got some recipes for you below.