This week sees the return of an international celebration and charity effort – Negroni Week. We hear you, how on earth are Negroni’s and charity related? Launched in 2013, Imbibe Magazine and Campari joined forces, devoting a week to Negroni and raising money for charities around the world. In it’s first four years, Negroni week grew from around 120 participating venues to over 7,700 venues globally (39 in Sydney)  and to date those venues had collectively raised near $1.5 million for charity.

For the week (4th-10th June), participating bar and restaurants mix classic and variation Negroni’s and offer up a donation from the week. This year each of Rockpool’s participating restaurants will donate $1 from every Negroni sold to OzHarvest. Click here for a list of participating venues around the globe, each bar offering up a different discount and donation – all for different charities and great causes.

Just to add to the rush of drinking and doing good in the one effort, Rockpool bar teams have put together a range of twists on the classic drink. Rockpool National Bar Manager, Ryan Gavin, said the classic Negroni, which comprises equal parts Campari, gin and sweet vermouth: “is perfect in every way, but that doesn’t mean we can’t put our own riff on it every now and then.”

Rosetta Ristorante in Sydney has introduced two new variations, a White Negroni (equal parts gin, Suze and white vermouth) and the Stinger Negroni (cognac, sweet vermouth, Campari and creme de menthe).
Spice Temple in Sydney has come up with the Salted Plum Negroni (yum), comprised of Four Pillars Rcokpool Bartenders Series gin, sweet vermouth, Campari and salted plum.

At Rockpool Bar & Grill the Italicus Negroni will be on offer. A refreshing and equally warming combination of Campari, gin and Italicus Bergamot liqueur, adding a kick of botanical flavours. The Cut Bar & Grill has made an outstanding effort and came up with the Smoked Negroni, a mix of gin, sweet vermouth all vanigllia, Campari and you guessed it – smoke.

Sydney Fratelli Fresh (all 8 of them) will be offering the classic Negroni ($14) on tap, and during happy hour (Mon-Fri, 4pm-6pm) offer the cocktail at $5!
The latest addition to the Fratelli Fresh fam, Darling Harbour, will also be showcasing Australia’s first Campari Bar – which heroes 6 spritzers, a huge range of local craft and Italian beer, Australian and Italian wines and another 6 twists on the Negroni, all served on tap ($14),

If you’ve ever wanted to donate to charity and be a good Samaritan now’s your chance – paired with a cocktail.

Check out our Instagram for our Hunter and Bligh Negroni recipe, made to screenshot and keep for cocktail worthy moments!
Don’t forget to tag us in any recreations.