After the heat of last week (and today…), I am drawn to a perennial favorite, The Negroni. Rumored to have been invented in 1919 in Florence, Italy by Count Camillo Negroni, the cocktail is making a comeback after several years on the shelf. Almost trendy, the Negroni is a near perfect aperitif, with Campari to stimulate the taste buds. What else could start Saturday night?

The Negroni

1oz. London Dry (of Old Tom) Gin

1oz. Sweet Vermouth

1oz. Campari

Shake with crushed ice and strain in to a chilled cocktail glass. Serve with an orange twist. Some may choose to serve it on the rocks… I do not…

(Originally posted on Facebook: July 23, 2011)