Three Negroni Week Stand-Out Cocktail Recipes

Mixed drinks drawn from the more than 8,000 bars, restaurants and partners participating

Negroni Week launched with 100 partners in its debut year, 2013. Now, roughly 8,000 bars, restaurants and partner vendors take part—almost 200 of which can be found in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Negroni Week isn’t just a celebration of one historic Italian cocktail. Done in partnership with Imbibe Magazine, and stretching from 4-10 June this year, it’s actually a multi-destination charitable event. Bartenders create their own version of the famous drink, or serve up the standard, and a portion of the proceeds from sales goes to a charity of their choice. So whether it’s the scrumptious Negroni Flight from The Flatiron Room (pictured above) or anything from ever awe-inspiring menu at Dante (which will launch a diverse “Summer of Spritz” menu later this June), someone in need will benefit from a purchase. Below we’ve selected three Negroni variations that are truly out of the ordinary.

Luxury Negroni Sbagliato

The Luxury Negroni Sbagliato at Fine & Rare comes with a $1,250 price tag. That said, $1,000 of those dollars goes to the superb Children of Restaurant Employees charity. And the other $250, well that goes to compensating the bar for some of the extremely fine products within, including NOLET’S Reserve Gin ($700 a bottle) and Ace of Spades champagne. It’s all served over a gold flaked ice cube, too.

1 oz Campari

1.5 oz Nolet’s Reserve

4 oz Champagne Armand de Brignac Brut Rose (Ace of Spades)

1 oz Carpano Antica

Freeze gold flakes into a sphere shaped mold with water. Stir all ingredients together (except champagne) and strain over the gold ice ball. Top with champagne and express orange peel oils over the cocktail and garnish with the peel.

A Japanese Count

For the first time since the launch of Negroni Week, Armani Ristorante 5th Avenue is participating and one of their cocktails isn’t like anything else out there. A Japanese Count pairs Campari with Aperol—before rounding out the mix with some plum and grapefruit components. The real kicker, Japanese Schochu.

1.7 oz Japanese Schochu

1 oz Takara Plum

1 oz Sweet Vermouth

1/3 oz Aperol

1/3 oz Campari

2 dash Grapefruit Bitter

Throwing or Stir & Strain in a mixing glass. Serve in an Old Fashioned glass with an ice cube. Garnish with Ruby Grape fruit zest and oils.

Lavender Berry Negroni

Never neglecting the importance of dessert, Gelso & Grand‘s cocktail variation, dubbed the Lavender Berry Negroni, draws its inspiration from the restaurant’s cannoli. Lavender and berry-infused rum takes the dominant hand to the Campari. And funfetti cake and a rock candy stirrer become more than just garnish. It’s a true sweet treat.

1.25 oz Lavender and Berry Infused Rum

1 oz Campari

1 oz Sweet Vermouth

Mix all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice. Strain over a large ice cube and garnish with rock candy and a slice of funfetti cake.

Images courtesy of respective venues