Posted: May 24, 2013 11:00 AM
Tired of your standard gin and tonic? Start off happy hour right with a classic, yet new to you gin cocktail. Not only are these classic gin cocktails delicious, but they also have fun names that will liven up your happy hour!

The Negroni cocktail is a popular gin cocktail that happens to be one of my favorites, as well as the favorite of many other sommeliers that I know. While the drink's origins are unknown, the most widely reported account is that it was invented in Florence, Italy, in 1919, at Caffe Casoni, ex Caffe Giacosa. Count Camillo Negroni invented it by asking the bartender, Fosco Scarselli, to strengthen his favorite cocktail, the Americano, which is Campari, sweet vermouth and soda water, by adding gin rather than the normal soda water. The bartender also added an orange garnish rather than the typical lemon garnish of the Americano to signify that it was a different drink.

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Serves 1


  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 ounce Campari


  1. Fill a low-ball, old-fashioned cocktail glass with ice.
  2. Pour the gin, sweet vermouth and Campari over the ice.
  3. Stir to combine and garnish with an orange twist.
  4. Enjoy!

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