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Monday, February 21, 2022

How to Make Proper NEGRONI Recipe a



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Basic NEGRONI Recipe by Bellino

Ingredients :

 ounce Campari
1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
1 ounce Gin

1. Fill a Rocks-Glass or Highball Glass with Ice.
2)  Add Campari, Sweet Vermouth, and Gin.
3) Stir ingredients. Garnish with a piece of Orange Peel or slice of Orange.


Note: Orsen Wells after discovering the Negroni while writing a screenplay in Rome, wrote in a correspondence back home thathe had discovered a delightful  Italian Cocktail, “The Negroni.” Welles stated, “It is made of Bitter Campari which is good for the liver, and of Gin which is bad. The two balance each other out.”


Best Selling Italian Cookbook author  Daniel Bellino Zwicke has been drinking Negroni's since he had his first in Rome, Italy, way back in the Summer of 1985. Daniel loves his Negroni, and it gets him just a bit perturbed at the cocktails over- popularity of late (the past 6 Years), as he feels it cheapnes his beloved Italian Cocktail, as Daniel says, "Now everybody and their Grandmother drinks them" When not so many people drank them, and very few ever even heard of the Negroni at all, it made drinking them, that much more special. Now? Well you can't stop progress as they say.


Bellino, who knows a thing or two about Negronis, says he likes his own specail way, deviating slightly for what is the standard recipe of equal parts of Gin, Sweet Vermouth, and Campari on the rocks, with a fresh slice of Orange. Daniel says, he likes his Negroni with 1/3 Campari, with the other 2/3 of his Negroni made up of a bit less Gin (less than a third), and a bit more than a third of Sweet Vermouth over ice, with a splash of Club Soda, and of course an Orange slice. That's "The Bellino Negroni" Basta.

PS ... Bellino says "Tucci has the Negroni all Wrong." Shame on you Stanley. In his book, Tucci calls for half of the drink to be made with Gin, and the other half, with equal parts of Campari and Sweet Vermouth. ONG Stanley? This would make a horrible Negroni with so much Gin, overpowering the Sweet Vermouth and Campari.

Bellino says, while it is OK to tweak the Negroni just a bit, such a drastic change with half the cocktail made with Gin, would completely destroy the drink, and turn it totally "out of balance" unlike the Bellino Negroni, with just a minor change (less Gin), making for a superb cocktail.




Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Stanley Tucci can't Make a Proper Negroni



STANLEY TUCCI Does Not Know How to Make a Proper NEGRONI

Yes it's true. The person who has become popular for making Negroni Cocktails, more than anyone else in the history of mankind, does not even know how to make a proper Negroni. This is scariligous, and shows once again, how people jump on the Band Wagon, so to speak.

I was horrified when I was looking in Tucci's latest book TASTE "My Life Through Food"and saw his recipe for the Negroni. In his recipe and instruction, Tucci cals for 50 milliliters of Gin, 25 millileters Campari, and 25 milliliters Sweet Vermouth with a slice of Orange. "oh my God, I can't beleive it, totally wrong Stanley. The proportions are totally wrong and would make a "Horrible Negroni, and one I'd never ever want to drink." and I've been drinking these bad boys Since 1985, a good 25 years before the Negroni Craze reached the American Shores.

How can you do it Stanley? Everyone who knows anything about a Negroni knows that you use equal parts of Campari, Gin, and Sweet Vermouth, and not and never ever twice as much Gin as Campari, you complete destroy the taste, by completely throwing the cocktail out of balance, a primary prerequisite to any good cocktail. How can you do it Stanley. Futhermore, it is beyond me that the press and general public have practicallymade Tucci the King of The Negroni, and the man doesn't know how to make one. This is horrifying ! Really Stanley? How can you do it. 

I've written extensively about the Negroni (in La Tavola), a good 10 years before the Negroni Craze even started. And as I've stated, I've been drinking these wonderful cocktails since the Summer of 1985, on my first trip to Italy.  My first Negroni? I remember it well. It was at the Caffe Giacosa (formerly Caffe Cassoni), in FLorence.  I went in and sat down. The waiter brought me a menu. I already knew what I wanted, as I had read of the Negroni in an Italian travel guide. I knew it was invented here, and that's what I was going to get. So when the waiter came back, I said, " Un Negroni pro favore." The waiter nodded and, replied, "Prego." A few minutes later he brought me my Negroni, with a few cocktail treats that they serve with cocktails in Italy. I took a sip. Yum, that's pretty good I thought. That was the first. The first of many hundreds to come. Way back then, very few Americans drank Negroni's. There were a few. The well traveled, but nothing like today. It really doesn't make me that happy that everyone and their grandmother drinks them these days. It sort of takes away from their specialness a bit. But what are you going to do" That's the way it is. They're still tasty and refreshing to me. Tasty and refreshing? Well yes. Just don't have Stanely Tucci make one for me. "Yuuk! Not very good. Not a Negrone (the way Stanely makes them). 

Sorry Stanley, but you got it all wrong.

... Daniel Bellino "Z" ....


1 ounce Campari
1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
1 ounce Gin


1 fresh slice of Orange

Preparation :

Fill a rock glass with ice.

Add the Campari, Sweet Vermouth, and Gin. 


Add a slice of Orange, and serve.

NOTE :  You can change the proportions a little. Just don't change them up too much, or you will throw the cocktail out of balance, and it will not taste like a Negroni, defeating the whole purpose of making the drink, as is the case with Mr. Tucci's recipe. "It's all wrong. Way too much Gin."

If you wanted to stick around the prescribe recipe of equal parts of Campari, Sweet Vermouth, and Gin, to make a proper Negroni, you can put in just a little less Gin, but not too much less, or you'll change the make-up too much.

Also, it is very acceptable to add a plash of Club Sod on top. Just not too much. Make sure it is just a small splash.

Bitters : Campari

Sweet Vermouth Brands : Cinzano, Marini & Rossi, Antica Carpano.

GIN :  Any London Dry Gin. Most popular brands include : Beefeater, Bombay, Gordon's, Tanqueray, and Hendrick's.

Final Note : Negroni's can be made straight-up, or on the rocks, however, 95% of the time, they are                         served on the rocks.