Italians, as a rule, are not drinkers—at least, not as the Anglo-Saxon understands the term. It's not that
Italians avoid the stuff; they just don't consider it sufficient recreation unto itself. Alcohol goes with things.
As a result, Italy is not a cocktail country. The national liquor—grappa—is, an acquired taste. Gummy, sweet liqueurs abound, and nobody knows how to make a dry martini. Luckily, there's Campari.
Campari has associations. Summer-weight suits with narrow lapels, Ray-Ban Wayfarers, Vespas, brown-eyed blondes in Capri pants. La dolce vita. A violently red, bittered-up 48-proof vermouth doesn't sound like much to build a cocktail culture on, but somehow it works. In fact, the Negroni is one of the world's indispensable cocktails.
Everyone has a Negroni recipe they consider the "best." Try this one on for size.
SERVINGS: MAKES 1
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