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How to make the perfect Negroni at home, according to the Violet Hour

You need just three ingredients to make this classic Italian cocktail in your living room.

Morgan Olsen
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Morgan Olsen

Some people are using this time at home to master meditation or learn how to paint like Bob Ross. We're taking a boozier approach and becoming at-home bartenders. To assist us in our mission, we enlisted the real pros—the barkeeps behind some of the best watering holes in Chicago. This week, we're learning how to make a classic Negroni with help from Pat Ray, the beverage director at the Violet Hour in Wicker Park.

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"You can make a Negroni without any special tools or glassware," Ray says. "This cocktail can send you down a rabbit hole of finding the perfect ratio, and the bottles are some of the most versatile to have for at-home cocktailing."

Gin (Ray uses Beefeater)
Sweet vermouth Ray uses (Carpano Antica)
Bonus points: a dash of orange bitters

Instructions: Start with equal parts of gin, sweet vermouth and Campari, then experiment to find your perfect Negroni ratio. Pour over ice, stir, strain and garnish with an expressed orange peel. ("I clock in somewhere around 1.5 parts gin to one part vermouth and just under one part Campari, but there is no wrong answer," Ray says.)

Can't get enough of this Negroni? Tip your bartender. The Violet Hour is closed for business right now, but you can follow the bar on Instagram for more cocktail inspiration or donate to One Off Hospitality's employee relief fund.

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