Legend recalls the Negroni was invented in Florence in 1919 by Count Camillo Negroni. The Count asked the bartender to strengthen his Americano cocktail by adding gin instead of soda water. The orange garnish served to differentiate the drink between its Americano ancestor.
INGREDIENTS: (4 servings):
- 500ml water
- 30ml gin
- 30ml Campari
- 25ml vermouth
- Smoked ice
- Orange wedge
- Cherry wood chips and The Smoking Gun
- Heat a griddle pan (or in the summer you can do this on a BBQ).
- Cut your orange in to large segments and grill on both sides until slightly charred.
- Leave to cool.
- Fill a glass bottle halfway with bottled water.
- Load smoking gun with cherry wood chips and light
- Insert end of tube of gun into bottle for 15-20 seconds. Put lid on and shake until the smoke infuses with the water. Leave for 20-30 minutes, depending on taste.
- Pour into ice moulds and freeze (at least 4-6 hours)
- Smoke the vermouth as above, in an empty glass bottle (no water) or container with lid.
- Pour ingredients into a large mixing glass full of smoked ice and stir.
- Transfer into a tumbler glass.
- Garnish with grilles orange wedge.
Recipe from: The Ember Yard Bar – Soho, London.