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It’s well known that the Negroni is Anthony Bourdain’s favorite cocktail, partially for its simplicity (equal parts of 3 spirits) and partially for it’s pleasantly bitter taste from Campari. Start your dinner party the right way with this classic, perfect version as a pre-dinner aperitif. Vijay, Recipe Hunter

Vijay Nathan, NoshOnIt Recipe Hunter and Chef

THE RECIPE

Negroni

This is Bourdain’s favorite cocktail

If you’re a fan of Anthony Bourdain, you’ve probably seen him down more than one of these fire-hued cocktails on one of his shows. One of the main reasons is that no matter where you are in the world, you can get a great Negroni because, as he says, it’s so easy to make “even a monkey could do it.” The beauty of this drink is not only in its simplicity of ingredients and measurements but also in the minimal equipment required. Don’t be fooled by its pink-ish color though, this drink is just as potent as a Manhattan because it’s made of all spirits. Just combine equal parts of Campari, gin, and sweet vermouth over ice, give it a quick stir and serve it with an orange twist. That’s it! If you like your cocktails “up,” don’t hesitate to shake this over ice and serve it in a martini glass for a fancier presentation. The flavor is slightly bitter, almost like grapefruit (from the Campari), lightly sweet (from the sweet vermouth, with just enough dryness and booziness (from the gin) to let you know that this isn’t a spritzer. Perfectly balanced yet deceptively simple, serve a Negroni before dinner for a true aperitif.

THE CHEF

Sarah Erck Welle & Dulcie Faison Wilcox from Two Tarts

We love to make simple seasonal food & cocktails that look beautiful but are uncomplicated and unfussy.

If we first eat with our eyes, then Sarah and Dulcie’s kitchens are the place we want to be. From their homes in Colorado, these two friends teamed up to share their simple, seasonal, and oh-so-beautiful recipes with the world through their blog, Two Tarts. With homemade ingredients and farm-to-table recipes, we love their fresh approach that lets the best of the season shine through with minimal fuss and maximum flavor.

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THE TIP

What’s In A Name?: The Negroni

In the early 1900s, Cammillo Negroni returned to Italy and soon thereafter the Negroni cocktail was born. Learn how this legendary cocktail came to be.

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