“It is simply good manners to keep drinking until nobody else is thirsty.” -Godfrey Daniels


The cocktail known as the Negroni is a ginned-up twist on the Americano, which itself was a watered-down version of the Milano-Torino, that time-honored blend of Campari from Milano and Martini & Rossi sweet vermouth from Torino.

The Negroni owes its name to a hard-drinking Italian count who first decided to nix the fizz and add some Gin to the mix. The Negroni’s half-brother is the Boulevardier, a drink reputedly invented by an American publisher of a Parisian literary magazine of the same name. The Boulevardier swaps in Bourbon for the Gin which returns some woody-herbal complexity to the drink.

One last twist to add to this cockeyed-tale is that the Negroni may also have originally been an American invention. A recipe from 1895 has recently come to light for something called the Dundorado Cocktail. Apparently, this beverage involved: one half-jigger of Gin, one half jigger of Italian vermouth and two dashes of Calisaya* bitters which are derived from Cinchona Calisaya bark (as opposed to Cinchona Officials which is used in Campari). 

Mixed up thoroughly? Perfect. Time for a drink.


1 1/2 oz. bourbon
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. sweet vermouth

Stir well with ice in a mixing glass, strain into a chilled glass,
and garnish with an orange slice or lemon twist.

*In France, a Boulevardier is someone who frequents fashionable locales.

** Calisaya Liqueur is combination of Calisaya bitters with other roots, flowers and seville orange extract imbued into a neutral grain spirit.


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