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Stir Up Some Fun During Negroni Week


Cocktail lovers know that there are few pleasures that match a well-made Negroni. It is also one of the simplest drinks to mix: Stir equal parts gin, Campari and sweet vermouth with ice. Garnish with orange peel.

For Jeret Peña of the Last Word and the Brooklynite, the end result is magic. “The Negroni is my favorite cocktail, hands down,” he says. I couldn’t agree more.

That’s why Peña and many of the rest of us are ready to celebrate Negroni Week, which runs June 1-7 this year.

A Negroni

A Negroni

The fact that this event, sponsored by Imbibe magazine and Campari, raises money for charity only makes the week more inviting.

The rules couldn’t be much easier: You buy a Negroni from the participating bar of your choice, and the bar, in turn, donates $1 to the charity of its choice.

According to the event’s website, “From 2013 to 2014, Negroni Week grew from more than 100 participating bars to more than 1,300 participating bars around the world and more than $120,000 raised for charities.”

This year’s list is growing, with the following San Antonio bars taking part and the charities that they’re raising money for:

Alchemy Kombucha & Culture
1123 N. Flores
NowCastSA

Arcade Midtown Kitchen
303 Pearl Pkwy.
WINGS

Bar Du Mon Ami
4901 Broadway, Suite 130
Pets Alive

Barbaro
2720 McCullough Ave.
Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Blue Box
312 Pearl Pkwy.
Wounded Warriors

Esquire Tavern
155 E. Commerce St.
The Children’s Shelter

George’s Keep
17101 La Cantera Pkwy.
Wounded Warriors

Piatti
555 E. Basse Road
Texas Science and Engineering Fair

Piatti at The Eilan
17803 La Cantera Terrace
Texas Science & Engineering Fair

Silo Oyster Terrance
22211 I-10 W.
Wounded Warriors

The Green Lantern
20626 Stone Oak Pkwy.
Humane Society

The Hoppy Monk
1010 N. Loop 1604 E.
Eco Life

The Last Word
229 E. Houston St.
GBS | CIDP Foundation International

Once again, this list is growing. So, if you don’t see your favorite bar on the list, ask for a Negroni anyway. You’ll enjoy the drink and you might be helping a charity.

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Forget Your Martinis. Negroni Week Is Coming.


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 Negroni

The Negroni

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.

 

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