Dolce vita
Negroni cocktail
the world most spreaded and famous cocktail

Recipe

The recipe is simple:
  • 1/3 Campari bitter
  • 1/3 Martini red vermouth
  • 1/3 english distilled gin (Gordon's, or Tanqueray, or Blue Sapphire)
Don't try to use ingredients different from the above, or you will waste money and time. Also don't trust any recipe on the web different from the above.

Preparation

In a sparkling clean mixer pour 2 cl of Campari, 2 cl of Martini and 2 cl of gin for each attending people; use a measuring cup unless you have the long-trained-measuring-eye of my friend Marco Lucchini (a true expert in this matter). Gently steer the liqueurs.

Align a sparkling clean cristal thumble for each people attending the cocktail. Put half a slice of fresh juicy orange into each glass. Add several ice cubes and fill up to 2/3 of any glass; arrange the ice cubes in such a way that orange slices stand in the upright position.

Finally pour the liqueurs from the mixer directly onto the ice cubes, allow 2 to 3 minutes "curing time", and then serve.

The curing time allows for the liqueurs to cool down and melt some ice. Use this time to call for the attendants and to bring the appetizers to the living room.

Appetizers

Negroni can be served just with several green sweet olives, better if giant size. The olives should be fresh, with or without the kernel stone, each being equipped with a toothpick to avoid people picking them with their bare fingers.

Peanuts and chips are also welcome, provided they are integer and fresh. You can also use Pringles chips.
Talking about peanuts have a look at the photo aside: those in the lower row are regular peanuts that you can buy here in Italy. Those in the upper row, on the contrary, are giant peanuts from Lima, Peru that my dear friend Miguel is so kind to supply me with from time to time. Not only the size of the peanuts is bigger, but also the taste is much more rich, and this makes giant peanuts ideal to enjoy togheter with a good Negroni.

Properties

According to my wife, a wellknown authority in this matter, the Negroni cocktail has the following properties:
  • it is relaxing
  • it helps resolving backbone column pains
  • it helps forgetting a hard working day
  • it assists and provides for a restly and sleeping night in case of moderate insomnia
For all the above reasons she says that this cocktail should be freely prescribed by the national medical care.

Notes

A smooth low volume background music completes your cocktail.

And after a good Negroni... why not a barbecue party ?

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