June 6-12, 2016 is Negroni week. Various bars/restaurants feature Negronis, as well as variations /riffs. It’s a triumph of marketing on the part of Campari, but I’m not complaining. There is only one day left, so here is a short list of recommendations. Some of these might still be available after Negroni Week is over.
These are all in the photo album:
- 4.8/5: Barrel Aged Negroni at Donato Enoteca in Redwood City: Makes you wonder why anyone would drink a non-barrel-aged Negroni. Also the cheapest at $10.
- 4.8/5: Frozen Negroni Popsicle at Paper Plane. Great when it’s frozen solid, and it just gets better as it gets slushy. There is no dilution: it’s a full-on cocktail.
- 4.7/5: Barrel Aged Negroni at Jack Rose Libation House is Los Gatos. It has that perfect “Negroni stickines”. I’ve actually had this about 5 times, and the quality various from batch to batch.
- 4.7/5: Negroni Colada at Orchard City Kitchen: One of the best Tiki drinks I’ve had. Who knew coconut went with Campari?
- 4.7/5: Negroni fruit roll-ups at Paper Plane. Better than the stuff at Trader Joe’s.
- 4.2/5: Kingston Daiquiri at Orchard City Kitchen: Great up-front sourness. Trails off into a bitter finish.
- 4/5: Victorian Pineapple Negroni at Haberdasher: Haberdasher had a selection of 5 “mini-gronis”: 2 ounce cocktails at $8 each. So you could get a “flight” of Negronis. The pungent sweetness of the pineapple rum matches well with Campari.
- 4/5: Apple-achian Negroni at Haberdasher: the apple brandy gives it a very sophisticated undertone.
- 4/5: Barrel Aged East India House Negroni at Paper Plane: face-smacking pungent, but great balance with the strong rum matched with Campari.
- 1/5: Negrombie at Orchard City Kitchen in Campbell: A very bitter cinnamon angle. Too 1-dimensional.
- 1/5: Belle of Milan Negroni at Paper Plane: Tastes like Campari infused charcoal.
- 1/5: Rio Tea Janeiro at Haberdasher: The tea flavor brings out all the worst notes of Campari. Should not have made it out of the lab. Good thing it was a 2 ounce “mini.”