Ingredients: 1 oz. pineapple flavored gin, 1 oz. Campari, 1 oz. sweet vermouth
Directions: Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled glass, stir. Add orange peel for garnish if so desired.
Along with the gin & tonic, the Negroni is the hippest vintage gin drink in Cocktailville right now. And it only took a century (give or take a few years) to get there. Legend has it that sometime during World War I, an Italian count named Negroni walked into a bar and requested an Americano cocktail (Campari, sweet vermouth and soda), but with gin in place of the soda. Lo and behold, the new drink—christened “Negroni” after the count himself—was an instant classic. None of the three ingredients are easy drinking for beginners, but put ’em together and magic is made. Campari pairs brilliantly with most tropical fruits, so pineapple flavored gin makes a perfect addition here.