Matt Hranek offers more than 30 variations on the classic Negroni, including the Teller, one of The Hotel Il Pellicano’s house cocktails. Named for Juergen Teller, the German fine-art and fashion photographer who has spent his fair share of time at the hotel bar, his namesake Negroni is finished with a splash of Chinotto soda, Italy’s herbaceous, sweet-bitter counterpart to American Coca-Cola.
Learn how to choose the optimal gin, bitter, vermouth, and garnish for your tastes, plus barware and glassware options. Because of its reputation as a perfect aperitivo, Hranek even includes the best snacks to enjoy alongside a pre-dinner nip.
Treat yourself to stories and photographs of the greatest Negroni bars in the world. From Naples to London to Patmos to Paris, each bar highlighted in the book has an intriguing history, and each venerable bartender has talent to learn from. Anecdotes include the origins of the Sbagliato at Milan's Bar Basso, and Hranek's introduction to Thalami, "an oasis of a bar" in the Greek Isles.
"My house cocktail deviates slightly from the 1:1:1 formula, leaning heavier on the Campari and gin and lighter on the vermouth than the classic version. Good ice is not as important to me as a good glass, and the choice is always crystal, preferably something from my Baccarat collection."
Combine the Campari, gin, and vermouth in an old-fashioned glass filled with ice. Stir and garnish with the orange slice.
A CENTURY AGO THE COCKTAIL ACHIEVED PERFECTION when, according to legend, Count Camillo Negroni asked his bartender in Florence to stiffen an Americano by replacing the soda water with gin. The world never looked back. With its cosmically simple 1:1:1 ratio, its balance of bitter and sweet, its pleasant kick, its aura of sophistication, the Negroni has bewitched cocktail lovers ever since. Perhaps none more so than Matt Hranek, who intones this love song to his favorite drink and offers a curated collection of recipes, both the classic and dozens of variations, deviations, and delicious reinterpretations.
“A marvelous ode to one of the world’s most beloved and versatile alcoholic beverages.”
“ The Negroni is equal parts love letter and little black book—a passionate and personal tribute to one of the world’s most versatile drinks.”
—Brad Thomas Parsons, author of Bitters, Amaro, and Last Call
“This is one of the best books devoted to a single cocktail I’ve read. It’s beautiful and informative, and, most important, the writing is both deeply opinionated and open-minded and welcoming.”
—Michael Ruhlman, author of The Soul of a Chef and Charcuterie
“Illuminating, irresistible, and eminently useful. It's an absolute treat to be among Matt’s students: follow his lead and you're sure to have a hell of a time. You’ll probably learn something, too.”
—Frank Castronovo & Frank Falcinelli