Are you looking for an excuse to enjoy a negroni in the waning summer afternoons? Negroni Week is the perfect reason to indulge in the cool, bitter flavours of this classic cocktail. With two-for-one offers on the stylish drink all day, all week, there’s never been a better reason to indulge.
The world is celebrating Negroni Week from 18th to the 24th September, with establishments around the world paying homage to the sophisticated Italian drink.
In 2013 Imbibe Magazine launched Negroni Week as a celebration of one of the world’s great cocktails and an effort to raise money for charitable causes around the world. Today they partner with Campari – an essential ingredient in any negroni recipe – and Slow Food. The Slow Food ethos is close to our hearts at Palazzo Parisio, uniting the joy of food with the pursuit of justice. The organisation defends cultural and biological diversity, promotes food education and the transfer of traditional knowledge and skills, and advocates for more just and equitable food policies.
Conventional legend has it that the Negroni cocktail was invented at the Caffe Casoni in Florence, Italy in 1919. The story goes that Count Camillo Negroni requested a stronger version of his favourite cocktail – the Americano – and the bartender did just that by replacing the soda component with gin. The resulting cocktail, comprising equal parts gin, sweet red vermouth and Campari, and adorned with a little slice of orange peel, looks like a liquid, ruby red soft drink but patches such a deceptive aperitif punch!
To get into the spirit, we’ve put together an exclusive Negroni menu, featuring a classic recipe, along with plenty of variations with an exciting twist. Try our Truffled Negroni, made with truffle infused gin and garnished with dried orange and fresh black truffles. The Negroni alla Salvia, off our Aperitivo menu, is made with sage-infused gin and topped with sage from our gardens. There are smoked tea varieties, 100% Arabica varieties and even a local version made with Island 8 local gin and topped with Kinnie.
What is better than one negroni? Two negronis of course! We’re serving two-for-ones all day all week so you can try them all. You don’t even need to have two of the same, they can be different varieties so you can make the most of these unique flavours.
The Negroni has become something of a style statement in the cocktail-verse. It was James Bond’s favourite tipple when he didn’t feel like a dry martini and Orson Welles, when he first tried a Negroni in 1947 is reported to have said “The bitters are excellent for your liver. The gin is bad for you. They balance each other.”
It’s beautiful. It’s sophisticated. It packs a punch, so come join the party this Negroni week! We’re looking forward to welcoming you.
Negroni Week at the Palace is taking place in collaboration with FBIC.