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The 10 best ways to drink (and eat) Negronis for Negroni Week

Written by
Marcia Gagliardi

Negroni Week is about to take over the city starting Monday, June 6 and runs to Sunday, June 12. All around the world, more than 3,500 bars, restaurants and retailers are concocting their own salute to this famed cocktail, from Negroni-inspired slushies to ice cream to even burgers. And each business is making a donation to the charity of their choice—last year, Negroni Week raised more than $320,000 for charity organizations, and everyone expects to crush that number this year. 

Plunk in your ZIP code or address on the revamped site to find out what your favorite bars are serving, plus events and more near you, whether you’re in New York or San Francisco or London.

You ready to eat and drink your Negroni? Here’s where and how:  

Negroni-Inspired Eats  

1. Umami Burger: Negroni BBQ Burger

Photograph: Courtesy Umami Burger

Let’s just start with the funkiest one, right? Leave it to the creative Umami folks to concoct the Negroni BBQ Burger, which is a beef and wild mushroom patty topped with kale, apple and bacon slaw, smoked gouda and a Campari BBQ sauce. It’s $14, and available at Umami Burger Williamsburg, Greenwich Village and Brookfield Place through the month of June. Sweet, you have more than a week to try it.

2. Sprinkles: Orange Blossom Negroni Ice Cream

Photograph: Courtesy Sprinkles

It’s hot and sticky out, and fortunately this Orange Blossom Negroni Ice Cream will help fulfill your booze and ice cream desires in one fell scoop (heh). The bright orange blossom ice cream is laced with a Negroni ribbon made with gin, vermouth and Campari. Available June 1–30 at Sprinkles Upper East Side.

3. People’s Pops: Strawberry Balsamic Negroni Pop

Photograph: Courtesy People's Pops

Get ready for a Popsicle just like your mama never made: this Strawberry Balsamic Negroni Pop features fresh and locally grown strawberries with a balsamic simple syrup, mixed with gin, vermouth and Campari. Perfect for the cold drank on the go. $5. At Chelsea Market, now through June 12.

4. Tipsy Scoop: Negroni Creamsicle Ice Cream

Photograph: Courtesy Tipsy Scoop

Want to be the life of the party (or at least get invited back)? Show up with a quart of this boozy ice cream made with grapefruit, Campari, gin and vermouth, that's how. Perfect for a night of Netflix & Chillax. It’s $25/quart and available online through the summer. Local retailers stocking the ice cream include Inwood Gourmet (Washington Heights), Foragers Markets (DUMBO and Chelsea locations) and Brooklyn Fare (Manhattan and Brooklyn locations).

5. Butter & Scotch: Negroni Pie

Photograph: Courtesy Butter & Scotch

Negroni pie? Negroni pie! This one comes with an all-butter crust, Negroni custard, fresh whipped cream and orange zest. ($7/slice or $42/whole.) You can also get a Negroni Jell-Ohh Shot (served inside an orange wedge) while you’re at it. You should probably do that.

Negroni-Inspired Drinks

6. Alta Linea: Frozen Negroni

Photograph: Courtesy Alta Linea

Grazie, Joe Campanale, for giving us the slushie of our dreams: the Frozen Negroni (last summer they sold 10,000 of these, madonn'). This heat and humidity slayer is made with Campari, Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth, Greenhook Gin, Kelvin Citrus Slush and a little orange juice. $15 and available through the summer/as long as Alta Linea is open.

7. Saxon + Parole: Bottled Champagne Negroni 

Photograph: Courtesy AvroKO Hospitality Group

These Bowery bar experts make a classic Negroni, strain it, charge it with CO2, top it with Champagne and cap it. Pop! Back it up and reverse it! It’s served ice cold—you can drink it straight from the bottle or over ice. A whole lot of ahhhh for $14.

8. Ristorante Morini: Golden Negroni

Photograph: Courtesy Ristorante Morini

For those who want to try a spin on a Negroni that is golden and light in color, this Campari-less version is made with Tanqueray Gin, Cocchi Americano Aromatized Wine and a unique liqueur from France, Suze Gentian Liqueur. $15. 

9. Dante: The Negroni Sessions

Photograph: Courtesy Dante

Any Negroni aficionado needs to swing by this updated Greenwich Village bar from 4pm–7pm for The Negroni Sessions, which is when Naren Young's vast selection of Negronis (like, uh, 12!) are just $9. Try a Negroni Bianco, and a Negroni Coffee Swizzle...and yes, it's every day!

10. Kobrick Coffee Co.: Kyoto Negroni

Photograph: Courtesy Kobrick Coffee Co.

Is all this drinking making you sleepy? Perk up with the Three Hour Kyoto Negroni, which incorporates gin, sweet vermouth and Campari with Kobrick’s bright, single-origin Kenya coffee. This unexpected concoction is made over a three-hour period in a Yama Cold Brew Drip Tower. $15 and always available (hubba).

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