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.
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
Arcade Midtown Kitchen
303 Pearl Pkwy.
Bar Du Mon Ami
4901 Broadway, Suite 130
2720 McCullough Ave.
Breast Cancer Research Foundation
312 Pearl Pkwy.
155 E. Commerce St.
The Children’s Shelter
17101 La Cantera Pkwy.
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.
The Green Lantern
20626 Stone Oak Pkwy.
The Hoppy Monk
1010 N. Loop 1604 E.
The Last Word
229 E. Houston St.
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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.