Published on June 1st, 2015 | by Katy Evans


It’s Negroni Week! From June 1st to the 7th, drink delicious cocktails and support local nonprofits

From June 1 through June 7, more than 3,500 bars and restaurants around the world participate in Negroni Week, a celebration of the classic Negroni cocktail paired with a philanthropic cause hosted by Imbibe Magazine and Campari.

Bars choose a local charity and for every Negroni sold, they donate a dollar or more. Great excuse to develop an appreciation for Negronis, right?

But first, for those who may not be familiar, let’s do a quick Negroni primer. The Negroni is a classic Italian cocktail that been around since at least 1919. The lore pins it’s origins to Florence, Italy, where Count Camillo Negroni wanted to strengthen his favorite cocktail, the Americano, by replacing the soda water with gin. This may be more myth than truth (and here’s a great deep dig into the complicated history of Count Negroni and cocktail construction in the early 1900s), but however it came into the world, I’m grateful for the Negroni!

The Negroni’s simple construction is the key to it’s deliciousness: 1/3 Campari, 1/3 vermouth, 1/3 gin, served typically over ice and garnished with an orange peel makes for a satisfying apéritif (if a bit of an acquired taste), that has been inspiring mixologists for nearly a century.

For the first time, Tacoma is really showing up for Negroni Week with at least five bars participating. So, accept the challenge to make Negronis a part of your week and find a new favorite in the offerings from the following:


The Negroni Cocktail at Bite

1. Bite at Hotel Murano for Hilltop Artists
Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway, Tacoma, WA, open daily.

The Negroni over at Bite is classically built and features Seattle-made Oola Gin; you can order the cocktail at both Bite and the Murano’s Lobby Bar. With a nod to their stunning collection of glass art throughout Hotel Murano, Bite will donate to the local youth arts organization Hilltop Artists.

2. Duke’s Chowder House for the Ben Towne Foundation
3327 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA, open Sunday – Thursday 11 am – 10 pm, Friday – Saturday 11 am – 11 pm

Duke’s is inspired to give to the Ben Towne Foundation for Negroni week, supporting the Foundation’s work funding pediatric cancer research.

The first in the Hilltop Kitchen's Negroni-esque cocktails: coconut infused house rum blend, Campari, and Vermouth di Torino.

The first in the Hilltop Kitchen’s Negroni-esque cocktail series: coconut infused house rum blend, Campari, and Vermouth di Torino.

3. Hilltop Kitchen for Emergency Food Network
913 MLK Jr. Way, Tacoma, WA, open Monday – Saturday 11 am – 2 am

Of course Hilltop Kitchen is excited to embrace Negroni Week as a challenge: every day HK will feature a different kind of Negroni-inspired cocktail so make sure you stop by Monday through Saturday (they’re closed Sundays). On Monday, they kick it off with a dramatic Negroni-esque concoction made with coconut infused house rum blend, Campari, and Vermouth di Torino. Their dollar per Negroni will support the vital work of the Emergency Food Network.

4. Marrow for Tacoma Community House
2717 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA, open Tuesday – Saturday 11 am – 12 am

A dollar from every Spring Negroni sold at Marrow will be donated to the Tacoma Community House to support their programs that create “pathways to change leading to generations of self-sufficient people and a region welcoming of immigrants and refugees.” This elegant cocktail matches gin and campari with aromatic Americano Rosa for a refreshing spin on the classic.

5. Maxwell’s for Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation 
454 St Helen’s Avenue, Tacoma, WA open  Mon – Thu 4 – 10pm, Fri 4 – 12am , Sat 5 pm – 12 am

Under new management, Maxwell’s has recently debuted a new cocktail menu showcasing lots of fun, new changes. For Negroni Week, the featured cocktail is a rich, complex, barrel-aged Negroni made with Genever Gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. A dollar from every cocktail sold will be donated to support the work of the Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation.


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About the Author

Founder and Co-Managing Editor at Post Defiance, Katy writes and fundraises for Tacoma. Follow her @katynicoud.

One Response to It’s Negroni Week! From June 1st to the 7th, drink delicious cocktails and support local nonprofits

  1. Kacie Leacy says:

    This is an excellent idea! Thanks for the great explanation and for spreading the word for our local nonprofits.

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