The weather in San Francisco was so beautiful last weekend that we decided to do cocktail hour poolside. It was sunny and clear, but not particularly warm, so we wanted a heavier and more complex cocktail, but still something simple enough to take outside and enjoy some time in the sun.
We decided on a classic, the perfect Negroni. This is one of our go-to cocktail recipes because it’s so simple: equal parts gin, Campari, and Carpano Antica vermouth, garnished with an orange slice.
We know Campari is not everyone’s favorite. It’s an acquired taste. Clayton’s mom recently gave us this book, which has really helped us appreciate bitter flavors more, and the role they play in cooking. It’s inspired us to try a lot of new recipes with different greens and chicories.
A few tips on your Negronis. These are very simple, and there is really no reason to stir or shake. Just add gin, Campari, and vermouth to a glass filled with ice, garnish with an orange slice, and enjoy your evening. Serve in a short glass or tumbler like these or these from Kate Spade. If you’re planning to spend the afternoon by the pool, make extra and keep it cool in a S’well. We love the colors and patterns they offer like this, this, and this. Finally, be sure to use Carpano Antica vermouth. It’s our favorite and makes a big difference.
- 50 ml Gin
- 50 ml Campari
- 50 ml Carpano Antica vermouth
- Orange slice, for garnish
- Combine all ingredients in a tumbler filled with ice.
- Garnish with an orange slice and mix with a cocktail straw until the ingredients are just combined.