In the world of classic cocktails, the Negroni is on the muscular side: strong, bitter and powerful, with gin, vermouth and Italian herb liqueur Campari, served as an aperitif to get your appetite going. (A deep video dive into it, above.)
A less classic but totally classy twist on the history of the Negroni: Negroni Week, launched by Campari and cocktail-chronicling publication Imbibe in 2013 as a charitable partnership with a broad mix of restaurants and bars.
In its first year, around 100 venues took part; For the 2016 Negroni Week, running June 6 through 12, we’re looking at over 6,000 restaurants, bars and retailers across the world, raising funds for a broad collection of deserving organizations. Each venue donates at least $1 from every Negroni sold to a charity of their choice, and if the past uptick is any indication (Negroni Week 2015 raised $321,000, which was triple 2014’s haul), a week of aperitif sipping should do a whole lot of good.
A bunch of participating restaurants are here in Nashville, serving unique Negroni Week specials, so if you’re inclined to take part, you have plenty of opportunities.
We missed the first day, but if you’d like to spend the rest of the week in an Italian (and generous) state of mind, here are some Nashville Negroni Week options:
Celebrating Negroni Week in Nashville
CHAUHAN ALE & MASALA HOUSE
123 12th Ave N, The Gulch
Raising money for: March of Dimes
What to order: the Agridoce, with Espirito Cachaça, Cardamaro and Campari
BUTCHER AND BEE
902 Main Street, East Nashville
Raising money for: East C.A.N.
What to order: Barrel-Aged Boulevardier (kind of a cousin to the Negroni, with whiskey instead of gin, aged in wood barrels)
THE HOLLAND HOUSE BAR & REFUGE
935 West Eastland Avenue, East Nashville
Raising money for: Nashville Rescue Mission
What to order: Summer Negroni, with London Dry Gin, Yzaguirre Rojo and Campari
1520 Woodland Street, East Nashville
Raising money for: East Nashville Little League
What to order: Classic Negroni made with Nashville-based Corsair gin, barrel-aged for 42 days
EMBERS SKI LODGE
2410 12th Avenue South, 12 South
Raising money for: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee
What to order: 12 South Neighborhood Negroni, with a Mandarin Napoleon rinse, Bombay Sapphire East, Campari, sweet vermouth and house-made Bergamot/Calamansi tincture.
SINEMA RESTAURANT + BAR
2600 Franklin Pike, Unit 102, Melrose
Raising money for: Nashville Honors Heroes
What to oder: ”Campari For The Course,” with Campari, Lillet Blanc. Aria gin, Amaro notion, orange bitters, soda
Read more (and find all of the Nashville-area restaurants participating) at NegroniWeek.com.
Tag us if you get out and participate!