The Negroni is the perfect drink for these last few weeks of summer, when the sun starts to set a little earlier and the air holds a hint of crisp fall on your morning walk to the train. Some argue that the Negroni is the king of the summer drinks, but we think that its pleasant bitterness is more suited to the last gasps of summer, as a pleasant preamble to fall’s heartier cocktail offerings. Served ice cold, the bitterness lingers only in the finish, making it the perfect late-summer, early fall drink, the best encapsulation of the changing of the seasons. You can get a Negroni anywhere, really, but if you want to convert those among us who only drink things served with multiple slices of fruit, take them to Sidecar, where bartender Will Noland will make anyone a believer. Check out the recipe after the jump.
1 part Vermouth
1 part Campari
2 parts gin
Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass over ice and stir.
Strain into rocks glass with fresh ice and garnish with an orange slice.