If you have a taste for classic cocktails, it doesn’t get much better than a Negroni, an alchemical blend of equal parts gin, vermouth rosso and Campari with a twist of orange.
The history of this beauty has been questioned through the years, but the most popular story is that an Italian nobleman and rodeo cowboy, Count Negroni, ordered an Americano but with gin instead of soda. (For more, click here.)
The rest, as they say, is cocktail history. Until last year, that is. That’s when Imbibe magazine launched Negroni Week as a way of showcasing a classic cocktail while raising money for charity.
This year, hundreds of bars across the country and many in countries throughout the world have joined in the fun event, which runs June 2-8.
The rules are simple: Each participating bar will donate part of the proceeds from the sale of each Negroni to the charity of its choice.
In San Antonio, the list of participants includes:
- Bar du Mon Ami, 4901 Broadway for San Antonio Pets Alive
- Blue Box, 312 Pearl Parkway, for Ronald McDonald House of Central Texas
- Brooklynite San Antonio Cocktail Parlor, 516 Brooklyn Ave. HeartGift Foundation
- Bohanan’s Restaurant and Bar, 221 E. Houston St., for Chefs for Chefs San Antonio
- Cured, 306 Pearl Parkway, for Team Gleason: Lets Put Our Heads Together and Find a Cure for ALS
- Lüke San Antonio, 125 E. Houston St., for Little Patch Garden
- The Esquire Tavern, 155 E. Commerce St., for The Children’s Shelter – San Antonio
- Tribeca di Olmos, 4331 McCullough, for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
More might be added before the start. Click here for the fill list of participants.
In the interest of disclosure, I’ll admit I’m biased. The Negroni is my favorite, and I’ll be out there doing my part for charity.