Negroni Week: The Tamworth Takeover

The Negroni is one of the most traditional cocktails in bartending history, but at Tamworth Distilling we like to do things a little untraditionally. But to rewind for a second, let’s go back to how the cocktail first originated. The Negroni is also one of the few cocktails with a traceable history, which in this case goes back to year 1919. Legend tells that the drink was created by bartender Forsco Scarselli, at Bar Casoni in Florence, Italy. A special bar patron, Count Camillo Negroni, ordered an Americano which typically used sweet vermouth, Campari and club soda. This time however, he special requested that gin be swapped in for the soda.

Taking a cue from Count Camillo Negroni, we’ve also decided to reinvent this bar classic ourselves. Enjoy a Tamworth take on this classic with these 4 recipes.

The Classic

1 oz White Mountain Gin

1 oz Blanc Vermouth

1 oz Campari

Stir, strain into a rocks glass over ice.  Express an orange twist and garnish.

Humboldt’s Negroni

1 oz Von Humboldt’s Tamarind

1 oz Dark Rum

1 oz Sweet Vermouth

orange twist

Stir over ice until well-chilled, serve neat, garnish with an orange twist

Negroni Giardino

1.5 oz Apiary Gin

1.5 oz Dry Vermouth

5 fresh raspberries

5 thin slices of fresh beet

1 orange peel

 Muddle Raspberries, orange peel and thinly sliced beet root in bottom of shaker tin, add Gin and Vermouth, Shake gently until chilled, double strain on the rocks in a rocks glass. Garnish with Raspberry and shaved beetroot

(With this version, we’re using produce from the distillery garden to provide the bitter flavor that the Campari aperitif would traditionally provide. This adds a unique depth of flavor.)

Bitter ol’ Lion

1.5 oz Blue Lion

1 oz Sweet Vermouth

1 oz Campari

splash sparkling wine

Stirred, served on the rocks garnished with an orange wheel and cherry, ideally stabbed together.