Published on June 1st, 2015 | by Katy Evans1
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 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.
Duke’s is inspired to give to the Ben Towne Foundation for Negroni week, supporting the Foundation’s work funding pediatric cancer research.
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.
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.
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.