If you’re into booze, there’s a good chance your social feeds have been filled with images of Negronis for the past few days. That’s because it’s Negroni Week! And if you’re anything like me a few years ago, you’re all, “Cool, Negroni Week. But, wait. What the hell is Negroni Week?” Founded by Imbibe Magazine and Campari (one of the ingredients in the drink) in 2013, Negroni Week is a celebration of a classic, three-ingredient cocktail, as well as an effort to raise money for charitable causes around the world. For seven days, participating bars mix up variations on the Negroni, the a portion of the proceeds goes to charity.
The Negroni in its simplest form is quite easy: one part gin, one part sweet vermouth, and one part Campari. And that simplicity is why people love making riffs on it. Obviously, The Boozy Bungalow is not a bar, and I’m not selling drinks (I’d probably go to jail for that), but I mixed up my own variation this year (just like I did last year) and I doubt anyone who’s been following me for a while is even the slightest bit surprised that I put vinho verde in my Negroni.
Now, you may be thinking: Wine in a Negroni?! That’s gonna get me drunk! And you’d be right. This is not a session cocktail. It is, however, strong and summery and easy to make, so if you like Negronis and vinho verde, you should give it a try. I’ve given you a recipe below, but the even simpler breakdown is one part Negroni to one part vinho verde. Get it!
1 ounce gin
1 ounce Campari
1 ounce sweet vermouth
3 ounces vinho verde
Orange slice, for garnish
Add all ingredients to a large wine glass or collins glass, and stir well. Add large ice cube or handful of ice, garnish with an orange slice, and enjoy!
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