Just three ingredients go into a classic Negroni, which is part of the cocktail’s enduring appeal. But while that trio – equal parts Campari, rosso vermouth and London-style dry gin, with an orange slice to garnish – is key to the Italian aperitif’s bittersweet nuances, bartenders around Melbourne have been challenged by Campari to give the iconic cocktail a twist to celebrate Negroni Week.
Launched in 2013 by Campari & Imbibe, during the annual initiative for every Negroni sold, $1 will be donated to a charity chosen by the individual bars that are participating. So it’s an easy win-win for everyone involved.
Even with lockdown restrictions in Melbourne, many of the city’s best bars are offering takeaway and delivery versions of their bespoke Negronis. Expect everything from outside-the-box house infusions and lower-alcohol alternatives to whole new layers of flavours being introduced (cue the sake). And some of the bars are just doing their very best version of the classic Negroni itself.
Some of the bartenders’ creations venture surprisingly far from the original recipe, but always at the heart is Campari – the distinctively red brand of Italian aperitivo liqueur. The Everleigh Bottling Co have created a limited edition pack of bottled Negroni twists dubbed “The Melbourne Collection” that will be available online for delivery across Australia from September 9 with $10 donated to RU OK? for every box sold.
Here’s a rundown of some of Melbourne’s twists on the cocktail for Negroni Week available in The Melbourne Collection:
Byrdi, Melbourne CBD
Mornington to Milan Negroni
Ingredients: Campari, Lacto Raspberry & Rhubarb liqueur, Mornington Sea Lettuce Distillate, sparkling wine
The Everleigh, Fitzroy
The Everleigh Bottling Co. Negroni
Ingredients: Campari, Gin, sweet vermouth, water
Beneath Driver Lane, Melbourne CBD
Bitter Spring Negroni
Ingredients: Campari infused with spent-coffee-ground, brioche-and-butter-infused gin, orange and grapefruit marmalade-rested rosso sweet vermouth, peach bitters, saline, burnt rosemary garnish
Bar Americano, Melbourne CBD
Bar Americano Negroni
Ingredients: Campari, House-infused gin, house-infused vermouth
Ingredients: Campari, gin, fino sherry, junmai ginjo sake, rhubarb sour amazake
The Cloakroom Bar, Melbourne CBD
46th Floor Negroni
Ingredients: summer berry-infused Campari, London Dry gin, vinegar, rose vermouth
Black Pearl, Fitzroy
Ingredients: Campari, gin, Americano vermouth, curacao
Above Board, Collingwood
Above Board Negroni
Ingredients: Campari, gin, cinzano rosso
Ingredients: Campari, gin, Cinzano 1757 Rosso, housemade orancello, water
Gin Palace, Melbourne CBD
Passion Hop Negroni
Ingredients: Campari, gin, dry vermouth, manzanilla sherry, passionfruit liqueur, hopped grapefruit bitters
Other participating bars offering takeaway Negronis include Maha, Treviso, Patient Wolf Distilling Co., Teller and Carlton Yacht Club. And if you want to keep it simple with a classic Negroni, check out takeaway options from Capitano, Bar Americano, Byrdi, Neptune, Black Pearl or Gin Palace.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Campari.