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June 26, 2019

Celebrate #NegroniWeek with a Negronino

by Julieta Lucca

This year marks 100 years of the beloved cocktail.


So naturally, celebrations are aplenty during #NegroniWeek – a yearly affair that celebrates the cocktail in an effort to raise money for charities worldwide. Almost 10,0000 venues around the world take part in #NegroniWeek, the celebrations have helped raise $2 million for charitable causes.

No matter what version of the story you believe, the existence of this wonderful drink is worth celebrating. Today we share with you “the Negronino” – created in 2011 by Mixologist Max Traverse in Hong Kong who included Grappa Amaro Nonino Quintessentia® in the recipe for added softness. 

I won’t bore you with how Negroni came to be, but if you’d like to learn a bit more about its history, check out Difford’s Guide to Negroni.

Anatomy of a Negroni

The Negroni is perhaps one of the simplest drinks to make, an aperitif with the perfect balance of bitter and sweet. The recipe calls for 1 part each of Campari bitters, Sweet Vermouth and Gin, garnished with a fresh orange peel. 

If you are short on time and in dire need of a Negroni, the original recipe will not fail you. However, if you do find yourself with a bit more time to spare, why not play around with both tweaking the formula and introducing new flavours? You might end up with an interesting new take on the ol’ Negroni.

Why Nonino Amaro?

Grappa is Northern Italy’s most traditional and oldest distillate, the result of distilling the grape solids also known as “pomace”. 

The Amaro Nonino Quintessentia® combines the traditional Nonino Grape Distillate with fragrant herbs and it is then aged in barriques. Although it’s best enjoyed served at room temperature as a digestif by itself, the extraordinary scent of herbs add extra tasting notes to the Negroni, resulting in a more diverse layered profile. 


🕑 5 minutes

  • serves 1
  • 2 cl Amaro Nonino Quintessentia®
  • 1 cl Campari bitters
  • 2,5 cl Bombay Sapphire Gin
  • 2,5 cl Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth
  • grapefruit or orange twist
  • plenty of ice


– Begin by filling a whiskey glass with ice-cubes. Pour in the Amaro Nonino Quintessentia®, the Campari, the Gin, and the Sweet Vermouth. 

– Mix everything together with a small stirrer. The Negroni is never to be shaken, but stirred. 

– Add a grapefruit twist* and you are ready to serve alongside a spread of snacks for the ultimate aperitivo.

* We tried it with a thin slice of Sicilian blood orange and turned equally as tasty.◼

Find out more about the Negronino and Amaro Nonino Quintessentia® here
Recipe by Max Traverse in collaboration with Grappa Nonino®.

To find out more about how you can take part in #NegroniWeek visit negroniweek.com

  • Remember to drink responsibly.
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