Italians celebrated their national holiday, Festa Della Repubblica, yesterday but the party continues through Sunday thanks to Campari and Imbibe. Or should I say grazie a Campari and Imbibe. Participating bar around the country get to decide which charity the’ll donate a portion of the proceeds for each Negroni sold so the event is being promoted as “a drink for your cause.” This is the second time that Imbibe and Campari have teamed up for Negroni Week. Last year, some 120 participating bars raised more than $10,000.
I’m not a huge Negroni fan (I’m not a huge Campari fan I should say…) but after toasting the 68th anniversary of the Italian Republic at the Italian Embassy last night, I’m all about celebrating all things Italian this week. Plus, I love a classic cocktail and this one has a great story too (for the full story and recipes from around the world, check out this great post on Imbibe.) And it’s really easy to make at home. To make my negroni, I use Catoctin Creek Gin for a little local flavour and Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry Rouge for a little something French. For the Campari, well, I just use Campari 😉
2.0 oz Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin
0.75 oz Campari
1.5 oz Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry Rouge
Orange peel for garnish
Mix together the gin, Campari, and vermouth in a shaker full of ice. Serve neat or on the rocks (I went with one big rock) in a rocks glass. Garnish with the peel of an orange.
Enjoy Negroni Week! You can find the full list of participating D.C. bars (and the charities they support,) including 2 birds 1 Stone, Fiola, Casa Luca, Red Hen and the Partisan, right here.