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1 oz. gin
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. sweet vermouth

Shake with cracked ice; strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a thin half-slice of orange: squeeze into the drink and then float on top.

The Negroni is reputed to have originated in the late 1800s, at which time it was named a Camparinete. During the 1950s the drink was renamed in honor of Italian Count Negroni. The drink is complex and your recipients deserve a warning about the initial sweet taste followed by the bitter bite. This is another wonderful aperitif and deserving of considerable time spent contemplating the world situation while slowly sipping. Unlike some drinks, the orange wheel garnish is critical to the perfection of this cocktail.

added February 19, 2008

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