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Five places in London to get a negroni with a twist

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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.

 

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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. 

 

 

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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. 

 

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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

 

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