Time Out Bar Awards 2020's Readers' Choice awardee Tell Camellia serves up signature tea cocktails, and that includes our favourite Darjeeling Negroni ($130) made with Darjeeling tea re-distilled gin, bitters, and rosso vermouth. Tea releases tannins to cocktails, and if not done right, adding it to classic Negroni recipes can result in a sharp, bitter drink that may not sit well on your palate, but Tell Camellia's rendition is just right. The zingy bittersweet taste of Negroni is complemented by musky-sweet notes of the Darjeeling tea. For Negroni Week, Tell Camellia is also serving up glasses of their new Lapsang Souchong tea-infused Smokey Negroni ($120).
More than a century ago, the bitter, sweet, spirited Negroni was invented by Count Camillo Negroni in Florence, Italy. Today, this Italian aperitif is more popular than ever, and it even has a week dedicated to it.
Made with gin, vermouth, and Campari, the crimson-hued cocktail can be a bit of an acquired taste, but it has a stronghold status in bars all over the world. In Hong Kong, it's hard to find a cocktail bar that doesn't serve classic Negronis or at least offer a signature twist, and some like the hidden bar The Wise King and Italian restaurant 8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana even give it a headline billing on their drinks programme.
From September 13 to 19, over 90 bars in the city – which include Argo, Veda, Apothecary, Ozone, The Daily Tot, Zzura, Barcode, The Dispensary, restaurants Duddell's and Smoke and Barrel, and award-winning bars COA, Tell Camellia, The Old Man, DarkSide, and Penicillin – will be serving their own renditions of this cult Italian drink to celebrate Negroni Week, which was made popular by Imbibe Magazine and Campari since 2013. The seven-day programme not only encourages partaking in this boozy cocktail, but the celebration also raises money for charities worldwide that address a wide array of causes, from the environment to racial justice to hospitality support and women assistance to animal rescue and rehoming. So, if you're looking to sip on Negronis this month, the search won't be so difficult because of the variety available in the city, but getting a perfect serve is an entirely different matter. To help you narrow down your quest, we've made a list of our favourite bars in the city that provide excellent serves of this bitter aperitif. Whether you are looking for classics or innovative twists, all of these bars make legendary Negronis, even after Negroni Week.
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