Negronis really are the best cocktail out there. 100 percent booze, eye-wateringly dry and often requiring a golf-ball-sized ice cube and a stylishly cut glass – you will always look cool drinking one of these bad boys. But if you’ve already drunk too many and are looking for something a little different, check out these 'gronis with a kooky twist.
Negroni Sbagliato at Polpetto
Negroni die-hards may balk at the idea of bubbles, but they are a spectacular addition and can really lighten up a negroni. Polpetto’s Negroni Sbagliato (£8) uses two of the classic ingredients, Campari and Martini Rosso vermouth, and trades the gin for a splash of prosecco.
The Negroni Rosato at Bar Termini
This tiny Soho bar does a damn good negroni. Their list includes four house creations, which come in pre-mixed bottles and are poured out into cold small stem glasses – with no ice. Glassware novelty aside, these twists on the Italian classic are truly fantastic, though the Negroni Rosato (£7) has to be the best of the bunch, made with a rose petal infusion.
The Coffee Negroni at The Old Shoreditch Station
As if a pure-spirit drink wasn't enough to get you hyped up for a night out. Nope, you definitely need a shot of caffeine in there too. The Coffee Negroni (£8.50) uses Campari and vermouth with orange- and coffee-infused Ketel One vodka. Not one for the purists.
The Woodland Negroni at Duck & Waffle
Of course, Duck & Waffle’s negroni is going to be a little different; they make their Woodland Negroni (£14) with ‘damp’ gin, Campari, sweet vermouth and formica rufa infusion. There’s more: the cocktail is ‘slow dripped through layers of nature’. We have no idea what that means either.
The classic negroni at The Savoy's Beaufort Bar
Do you really love your negronis? If you’re feeling spectacularly flash, get down to The Savoy’s ever-stylish Beaufort Bar where you can sip on a negroni – listed in the bar’s 'vintage and rare' section – for the lofty price of £175. This drink uses vintage ingredients from the 1950s, when the hotel’s Museum Bar was in action.
And watch this: how to make a negroni