Come on Spring!! 

Another winter is behind us, and it's time to start thinking about transitional drinking - cocktails that work well when you no longer need something to warm you up, but don't yet need something to cool you down.

A Negroni is just the ticket!

The origins of this lovely concoction are obscure, but most accounts attribute it to Count Camillo Negroni, of Florence, who, in 1919, asked his bartender to beef up his favorite cocktail, the Amricano, by substituting gin for seltzer. 

But who cares? Whoever thought it up did the world a service. Spicy and assertive, it's sweet on the front end and tart on the back end. And STRONG. It's a drink you'll want to guzzle, but don't. Sip and savor, and you'll live to sip a second round.


  • one part gin
  • one part sweet vermouth
  • one part Campari

Easy to remember and such a lovely color! Stir with ice in a beaker or a shaker until very cold and strain over fresh ice in a tall or an on-the-rocks glass. Garnish, if you wish, with an orange peel.