It’s Negroni Week: Where to Sip the Best Negronis in NYC

The Negroni is one of the most classic of the classic cocktails. Said to have been invented at Caffè Casoni in Florence, Italy in 1919, the original recipe called for gin, sweet vermouth and Campari with an orange peel garnish. But the inventive bartenders and mixologist of NYC have taken matters into their own hands and recreated the Negroni in the most creative ways – try one and celebrate Negroni Week!

Barrel-Aged Negronis at The Gilroy

Since opening up this winter, The Gilroy has become one of the city’s go-to spots for a Negroni. There is an impressive bespoke selection – which we were lucky enough to sample – including the Boulevardier with Old Forester bourbon, Cynar ad Aperol, the Oaxaca, a smokey blend of Ilegal mezcal, Antica formula and Campari and the Bulleit Rye-based Old Pal, as well as a selection of aged Negronis. 1561 Second Avenue; 212-734-8800;

White Negroni at Amor y Amargo

White Negroni at Amor y Amargo

Considering this East Village cocktails spot is dedicated to bitters (Amor y Amargo translates to Love and Bitters), it’s no surprise that they have a unique riff on the drink. Made with a choice of gin or tequila, and Bittermens bitters, the White Negroni is a delicious departure from the original. 443 East 6th Street; 212-614-6818;

Beet Negroni at Parm

Beet Negroni - Parm

Think of it as a healthy cocktail. The Beet Negroni at Parm has become a cult favorite among health-conscious New Yorkers and those who simply love the unique taste of the beet-infused gin, sweet vermouth and Campari, which helps to deepen the red hue of the drink. 248 Mulberry Street; 212-993-7189;

Roasted Orange Negroni Sbagliato at Anfora

Roasted Orange Negroni Sbagliato

Want something a bit lighter? Then head to Anfora wine bar for the Roasted Orange Negroni Sbagliato, where the gin is substituted with sparkling white wine. This bubbly concoction has all of the flavor of a classic – the sweet vermouth and Campari remain – but isn’t quite as strong or boozy. 34 Eighth Avenue; 212-518-2722;

Rosa Amargo at Mayahuel

Rosa Amargo at Mayahuel

In case you haven’t noticed, mezcal is really major right now. And the Rosa Amargo at tequila den Mayahuel is the perfect mix of Del Maguey mezcal, Combier, Dolin Blanc and Campari, with a grapefruit twist. It’s smokey and bitter with just a hint of sweet. 304 East 6th Street; 212-253-5888;

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