A Taste of the 2016 Negroni Week Passport
Have you checked out the 2016 Negroni Week Passport yet? Not only does it breakdown the basics of the celebration with a handful of must-try Negroni recipes, but it offers a cross-country snapshot of some participating American bars and venues. With 10 selected bars in 10 major cities, consider the passport a helpful cheat sheet to 100 must-visit Negroni Week destinations!
In San Francisco, Trick Dog is keeping things interesting with a menu that changes every six months to embrace a new theme. Their Negroni takes innovative aim at the garden variety, with arugula-infused gin added to Dolin Blanc Vermouth, Campari and a few dashes of an arugula, black pepper and lemon tincture all poured over a tomato water ice cube.
Meanwhile, Seattle rum bar Rumba taps into their signature spirit to craft the NegRUMi with Jamaican and demerara rums mixed with gin, Campari, Falernum, Cocchi Torino and a fresh squeeze of lime for a hint of the tropical.
Along with a classic Beefeater Negroni, The Barrelhouse Flat in Chicago is also offering a playful, boozy riff with their “Most Improved Player.” With a base of Plymouth Navy Strength Gin, they add in Cocchi Americano Rosa, Campari, Gran Classico, St. George Raspberry Brandy, and a dash of their house root beer bitters.
Just as it offers a variety of vibes with its time-traveling decor (from Marie Antoinette opulence to Studio 54 glamour) NYC’s Dear Irving will also be mixing up a trio of Negronis, including the classic, the Sbagliato and the Bicycle Thief with gin, Campari, lemon and grapefruit juice topped with club soda.
Meanwhile, along with classic Beefeater Negronis on tap, Portland’s Bit House Saloon will keep things extra cool with their homemade Negronicicles—Otter Pop-style frozen treats with gin, Aperol and Dolin Blanc. And at Nostrana, a special Negroni of the Month has long been a staple of the menu. For Negroni Week they’ll be mixing a riff from their “Fruit of the Vine” series, which invites wine professionals to craft their own interpretation of the cocktail. On offer will be the Lambrugoni by Dana Frank (former wine director for Ava Gene’s) with hibiscus-infused Plymouth gin, Campari, Saetti Lambrusco RossoViola and orange peel oil. They’ll still be mixing their house Quintessential Negroni, and bar manager Peter Carpenter will be making a Negroni Bugatti with a splash of their housemade orangecello.
And in Washington, D.C., Founding Farmers will be featuring three Negroni riffs: the Negroni Sour with Beefeater Gin, Campari, Cynar, Lemon Juice, Orange Juice, Simple Syrup and Egg White; the Negroni Swizzle with Beefeater Gin, Campari, Cynar, Averna, Lemon Juice and Cinnamon Syrup; and the Inside Out Negroni with Plymouth Gin, Campari, Averna and Cynar.
Download the official Negroni Week Passport, sponsored by Beefeater Gin, to check out dozens of other participating venues in cities like Boston, Denver, Austin and Los Angeles.