Eva Green’s January look for the limited edition Campari Calendar 2015 is inspired by fashion in Florence, Italy, in 1919, when the story behind the famous cocktail Negroni began.
It is said that, on his return from England, Count Camillo Negroni asked his favourite bar to prepare his usual Americano with seven drops of gin instead of soda.
The Count was a regular at the city’s Caffè Casoni and one day, tired of the Americano aperitif, he asked Fosco Scarselli, who was working behind the bar at the aristocratic Caffè, to add a touch of gin rather than soda to his Americano, in honour of his last trips to London. And so here, in this very café in Via de’ Tornabuoni, the Count’s ’usual’ became known by the other clients as Count Negroni’s Americano, or the “Americano with a touch of gin”. The cocktail was finally named after the Count who adored it. A legend was born and still continues strong today.
Today, similar to back then, the cocktail is considered to be one of the most famous Italian cocktails in the world as the plain, simple ‘Negroni’. Negroni is part of the official cocktail list of the IBA (International Bartending Association) which are prepared all over the world according to this original recipe.
– 1 part (1 oz) Campari
– 1 part (1 oz) Gin
– 1 part (1 oz) red vermouth (Campari recommends Cinzano Rosso
or Cinzano 1757)
– 1 slice of orange
Pour all ingredients directly into a rock glass filled with ice. Garnish with a slice of orange.