Consider the Negroni: a bright red, Italian cocktail made up of equal parts gin, Campari and sweet vermouth. Classic and classy as hell.
They’re not exactly ubiquitous around Sacramento, but from Monday, June 6, through Sunday, June 12, you can sip on several versions for Negroni Week.
Negroni Week is national thing, presented by Imbibe Magazine and Campari, which encourages bars to not only serve Negronis but to donate to charities. This year, Hawks in Granite Bay, Hawks Public House, Grange and Empress Tavern will donate $1 from each drink to the Food Literacy Center. Ella Dining Room & Bar will donate $5 apiece.
Here’s more on those special cocktails:
Hawks Public House (1525 Alhambra Boulevard) will serve a Negroni Swizzle ($12), with Sloe Gin, Carpano Antica, Campari and vanilla.
Hawks (5530 Douglas Boulevard in Granite Bay) will serve a Negroni Smash ($12), with dry muddled strawberry and mint with London Dry Gin, Campari, Low ABV Porto, lemon juice and agave nectar.
At Empress Tavern (1013 K Street), find the Umesh-you ($12), with Amaro Montenegro, Aperol, Bols Barrel Aaged Genever, Campari and Umeshu.
Ella Dining Room & Bar (1131 K Street) will offer the Zissou’s Voyage ($12.50), a barrel-aged Negroni infused with strawberries.
There will be three different Negronis at Grange (926 J Street: a barrel-aged Negroni ($12), featuring Del Maguey Mezcal Vida, Campari and Dolin Rouge; a carbonated Negroni ($12), with Wheel House Gin, Campari and Dolin Rouge; and Negroni slushies ($12), with Square One basil vodka, Campari and Dolin dry vermouth. Or, try all three in a $12 flight.
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