When the day comes to an end, when the mind screams for relief, nothing perks the senses back up again like a Negroni.
Italians are revered for their wild food concoctions, but little does the world know that the country shaped like a boot is also well-known for its alcoholic beverages. Most notably, the Negroni. This classic cocktail is a special combination of gin, sweet vermouth and Campari, topped with the twisted skin of an orange. But this list goes a bit further than that. For this list, we’ve trundled through the streets of Sydney to find some unique combinations of the classic cocktail.
Osaka Japanese trading Co: Saké-groni
Tramsheds is a culinary delight in Sydney’s upper inner west. And while they have a Japanese-style Negroni staple on the menu, featuring Roku Gin, Campari, sweet vermouth, orange umeshu Japanese plum wine, they’ve got something special for Negroni Week: The Saké-groni, with saké, Campari, Cointreau and lemon.
Door Knock: Finogroni
For those not in the know, “fino” is a variety of sherry or fortified wine and is a mixologist’s nirvana. If you can find it, Door Knock serves up Finogroni all year long and consists of fino, Rosso Vermouth, Campari and coconut. This concoction is served for two in a whole coconut, ready to be poured into accompanying glasses. Or just pop a straw in it.
Rosetta Trattoria: Rosetta
For Negroni Week, Rosetta Trattoria is serving up six unique cocktails, and of the six we’ve got our longing eyes on their Rosetta Negroni, which is mixed with Glen Grant 10-year-old Scotch Whisky, Campari, Cinzano Bianco and grapefruit soda. We know that technically Negronis are served with gin, but, sticking to the rules are for sheep.
Zephyr Bar: Colombian Negroni
Zephyr Bar shares a wonderful view of Darling Harbour along with fantastic signature cocktails. As a staple all year round, this bar above the Park Hyatt serves up a Colombian Negroni, featuring Tanqueray gin, orange bitter aperitif, Campari, Gonzales Byass Rojo vermouth and Mr Black coffee liqueur. It is then stirred into a whisky decanter with sphere ice and an orange twist, along with five glasses to share.
Saké Restaurant and Bar: Chocolate Negroni
Because what goes best with alcohol? That’s right, chocolate shavings! At Saké Restaurant and Bar, we recommend getting your hands on a Chocolate Negroni, served with Campari, Vok White Crème De Cacao, Roku gin, Cinzano Rosso and orange bitters. Enjoy the tipple with friends at the bar or as part of a proper meal.
Gin Lane: The Vintage Negroni
How silly would it be of us to write this Negroni article up without adding in the mother’s ruin haven, Gin Lane? Of course they have Negronis! But they’re being extra special for Negroni week this year. Please welcome The Vintage Negroni, which is a spirit aficionado’s ultimate imbibe. It consists of original 70-year-old Gordon’s Gin, a 50-year-old Campari and Vintage Vermouth from the 1980s. To top it all off, it will be served in a Royal Doulton cut crystal tumbler over handmade triple frozen ice with a zest of citrus and finishes with a light Earl Grey tea smoke. While stocks last.
Maybe Frank: Tropical Negroni
Negronis are generally quite stark in taste, but Maybe Frank has remedied that situation with their own personal mix. It’s called the Tropical Negroni and is a blend of Bacardi Rum, Tanqueray Gin, Campari, Aperol, mango and pineapple Oscar 697 Rosso vermouth. The perfect fix to escape Sydney’s weather.
Bar Patrón: Negrita
If you’re the kind of person that loves conserving the status quo, then this is perhaps not your cocktail. If, however, you love to be a little daring and different, keep reading. At Bar Patrón, for Negroni week, you can order a daring Negrita, featuring coffee-infused Campari, Cocchi Americano vermouth and Patrón Anejo tequila. Andale, Andale!
Kingsleys: Truffle Negroni
On the outskirts of Kings Cross, within the wharf of Woolloomooloo, is the fancy restaurant Kingsleys, serving up delectable seafood to Sydneysiders. And in celebration of both Negroni Week and truffle season, Kingsleys will be creating a Truffle Negroni as part of the L’Atelier de la Truffle menu. It will feature Stone Pine Black Truffle Gin, Campari, Carpano Antica, fresh truffle and salt
The Rook: Carrot, Saffron and Ginger Negroni
Celebrate Negroni week at The Rook and enjoy $12 classic Negronis during Rooky Hour(4pm-6pm), $15 outside of Rooky Hour and $20 speciality Negronis, all in which have unique flavour combinations. Our top pick is the Carrot, Saffron and Ginger Negroni, with Saffron Gin, ginger-infused Carpano Antica, Campari, carrot and fennel.
Bodhi Restaurant and Bar: Vegan Australian Negroni
Boy did we just learn something with this one! Did you know that Campari is technically not vegan-friendly? According to a spokesperson from Campari, while the liquor itself does not contain animal products, “a small amount of gelatin is used during the clarification process and for this reason, we do not recommend it for vegans.” To be safe, vegans can try Bodhi Restaurant and Bar’s Vegan Australian Negroni, which is a ‘healthy’ mix of Juniper Gin, Applewood Distillery Okar Amaro, sweet vermouth and an orange peel garnish. Also, $5 from every single Vegan Australian Negroni sold during Negroni Week will be donated to OzHarvest. What wonderful Karma!