Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Negroni: Drinking to La Dolce Vita, with Recipes and Lore - 52 Drinks for the Home

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"The Negroni is one of the simplest and most elegant drink formulas around: combine one part gin, one part sweet vermouth, and one part Campari, then stir and serve over ice. This bitter, sweet, and smooth drink has inspired countless variations as well as legions of diehard aficionados. In The Negroni, Gary Regan--barman extraordinaire and author of the iconic book The Joy of Mixology--delves into the drink's fun, fascinating history (its origin story is still debated, with battling Italian noblemen laying claim) and provides techniques for modern updates (barrel aging and carbonation among them). Sixty delightfully varied and uniformly tasty recipes round out this spirited collection, which is a must-have for any true cocktail enthusiast."

I was gifted a copy of "The Negroni" by Gary Regan.  Sure enough, a single book devoted to a single cocktail... Well, the classic original plus 60 variations from around the world.  This is indeed a labor of love and it shows.  The photos in the book are stunning.  Old world Italian bars with the dozens of variations on Gins, Vermouth and especially Campari lining seemingly centuries old bar backs.  Inspiring photos of drinks that make your mouth water to have a sip.

The history, story and legends of the drink are explored as well as world famous bartenders inspirations for the drink.  This is so much more than a book about a cocktail.  Even a teetotaler will find this truly something special! 

Me, I can't wait for Columbus Day to have a special Italian feast... First course the Negroni as an ApĂ©ritif and digestif!

Here's the legal stuff... "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review." But the review and opinions are 100% accurate and mine!". 

OK... Here's what I did...

The Negroni: Drinking to La Dolce Vita, with Recipes and Lore

  • Equal Parts 1-1-1
  • 1 Ounce Gin
  • 1 Ounce Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 Ounce Campori
  • Garnish with an Orange Twist
Cooking Directions
  1. Stir all the ingredients with ice in a Double old fashioned glass.
  2. Garnish with a twist of Orange.
  3. Serve on Rocks and ENJOY!

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