5 Recipes You Need for World Negroni Week 2017

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Since 2013, Campari and Imbibe Magazine have teamed up to present the annual Negroni Week, a celebration of the one of the world’s greatest cocktails and an effort to raise money all across the globe. What began with about 100 participating venues has turned into more than 6,000 bars and restaurants all across the world donating sales to charity, collectively raising more than $900,000 for causes ranging from supporting sustainable farming to ending childhood hunger to research for autism.

This year, Negroni Week takes place from June 5-11, 2017, with bars scattered across countless countries on six continents serving up both classic concoctions and new variations of the iconic drink. You can visit NegroniWeek.com to find a participating bar near you and learn about which charity they’ve chosen to support. Of course, even if there isn’t a venue in your area, you can still celebrate Negroni Week all on your own. Below, we’ve rounded up 5 of our favorite Negroni recipes, from the perfect classic to creations with a twist.

CLASSIC NEGRONI
Invented in 1919 in Italy (or, if you believe the story, 62 years earlier in Africa), this balanced concoction has been making bitterness palatable for generations.

Ingredients
1 ounce gin
1 ounce Campari
1 ounce sweet vermouth
Orange twist, for garnish

Stir ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice or serve neat in a cocktail glass. Garnish with a orange twist.

NEGRONI SBAGLIATO
Word on the street is that the Negroni Sbagliato (sbagliato means “wrong” or “mistaken” in Italian) is the result of a busy bartender who accidentally used sparkling wine instead of gin — and we’re so happy they did.

Ingredients
1 ounce Campari
1 ounce sweet vermouth
1 ounce sparkling wine
Orange twist, for garnish

Stir Campari and vermouth in a rocks glass with ice. Top with sparkling wine, stir to combine, and garnish with an orange twist.

JUNE NEGRONI
A splash of fresh orange and a dash of spicy, pungent turmeric put an exotic spin on this recipe from Radar in Portland.

Ingredients
1 ounce gin
1 ounce sweet vermouth
3/4 ounce Campari
1/2 ounce fresh orange juice
Sparkling wine
Pinch of turmeric
Orange twist, for garnish

Stir gin, vermouth, Campari, and orange juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a coupe glass, top with sparkling wine, and garnish with an orange twist.

COLD-BREW NEGRONI
Coffee and Campari pair incredibly well together, with the Italian favorites stretching each other’s bitter notes. This recipe from Vespr Coffeebar in Orlando replaces gin with cold-brew concentrate for an after-dinner drink with a kick.

Ingredients
1 1/2 ounce cold-brew concentrate
1 ounce Campari
1 ounce sweet vermouth
Orange twist, for garnish

Stir ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a orange twist.

ISLAND OF GOLDEN DREAMS NEGRONI
Not all Negronis bear that recognizable shade of red. In this experimental creation from Coltivare in Houston, Suze is used in place of Campari while rhum agricole gives the drink a grassy, island feel.

Ingredients
1 1/2 ounce rhum agricole
1 ounce Cocchi Americano
1/2 ounce Suze
1 dash salt tincture (sea salt dissolved into equal part warm water)
Lemon peel and rosemary sprig, for garnish

Stir rhum agricole, Cocchi Americano, Suze, and salt tincture in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a lemon peel and small sprig of rosemary.

Photo credit (top to bottom): Courtesy of NegroniWeek.com; Courtesy of Stuart Mullenberg for Imbibe; Courtesy of Edd Siu; Courtesy of Lara Ferroni; Courtesy of Radar; Courtesy of Coltivare