The Negroni was discovered innocently enough, but no story about the origins of the Negroni would be complete with out a mention of the legend of Count Camillo Negroni.
The simplicity and complexity of a Negroni is what gives it a universal appeal. It is only fitting that the origin of the Negroni is also equally colourful. There is no clear evidence to the origin of the Negroni, but the most widely accepted theory involves the infamous Count Camillo Negroni.
It is alleged that Count Camillo was not only a man of means and influence, but was well travelled and enjoyed the tastes, pleasures and adventures of life. The Count frequently travelled between the England and the Americas where he picked up a taste for strong liquor while working as a rodeo clown in the then American Wild West.
It is understood that during his visits to the England, Camillo took to the taste of Gin - perhaps a little too much for his friends and families liking.
NECESSITY BREEDS INVENTION
At the time, the Americano was a prefered drink - Vermouth, Campari with a dash of Soda and a lemon garnish.Tired of people complaining about his Gin preference, the Count, on a visit to Caffe Cassoni asked his friend and bartender, Fosco Scarselli, to hide his Gin in the Americano.
The bartender agreed and marked the Count’s ‘special drink’ with an orange to distinguish it from the usual Americano. Patron’s frequenting the bar noted the difference and started to order ‘what the Count was having’. The drink quickly picked up and Scarselli aptly named it the Negroni to pay compliment to the Count.
THE PERFECT MARRIAGE
It is said that a Negroni is like a life partner.
Once you have discovered the perfect marriage between your preferred ingredients, you will never be tempted by the taste of a different Negroni again.
The fun, of course, is in the discovery process.