The Sicilian one – Norma
Pipareddu Negroni with sweet black pepper, £14
Norma – Fitzrovia’s Sicilian hotspot from chef Ben Tish – is a must-visit for a good and proper Italian Pipareddu Negroni. Elevated with sweet black pepper, their mix includes the holy trinity of Boxer Gin, Campari and Martini Rubino Vermouth. Perfect with apritivi including Norma’s signature fried spaghetti fritters with parmesan cream dipping sauce, or wild mushroom and truffle alioli arancini. Sit outside on their new terrace, and drink in last of the summer’s sun with a glass of the good stuff, £14.
A twist on the classic – Frenchie
Pazzo Negroni with sage and verbena – £14
Sit outside on the cobbled street terrace at Frenchie and drink in the sights of Covent Garden’s Plaza. For Negroni week they’ve put a French twist on the classic formula with their Pazzo Negroni, £14. Portobello Gin and vermouth are mixed with a hous-infused sage and verbena Campari, topped with a garnish of sage.
The splurge – American Bar at The Stafford
Negronito – infused with kumquat and Stafford house vermouth – £19, The American Bar at The Stafford
For a truly special negroni, in a bar where the lights are low and the bar staff really know what they’re doing, look no further than The American Bar at The Stafford Hotel. They have a full negroni menu, The Art of Negroni, and this Negroni Week they’re adding a Negronito special to the list: Stafford house vermouth, VII Hill’s Gin brightened with kumquat, topped with Campari. Pick up a cigar while there too, and enjoy it in their secluded courtyard hidden behind Green Park. £19.
The Truffle one – Sartoria
Truffle Negroni – mezcal, Campari, Vault Vermouth, truffle – £15
The Libare Bar at Saville Row’s treasured Italian Sartoria is headed up by Calabrian chef Francesco Mazzei. The negroni here comes with a luxe ingredient – fresh truffle. Switching out the classic gin for mezcal, the Sartoria negroni packs a punch with Valt Vermouth and Campari and topped with freshly grated truffle. £15.
The Classic – Top Cuvée
Campari, Victory London Dry Gin, sweet vermouth, orange flower water – £8, or bottled for nationwide delivery through Shop Cuvée (£29)
The Finsbury Park bolthole for natural wine, superb small plates from an ever-changing menu, keep it old school with a homage to the true negroni. A mix of Victory Gin, Campari and Martini Rosso are softened with orange flower water, served cold. £8 by the glass, or £29 for a bottle available nationwide via Shop Cuvée. £8/£29
The Homemade one – 12:51
Homemade vermouth and sweet cicely foraged – £10
At 12:51 – the Upper Street foodie haunt – chef James Cochran and team have been distilling their own vermouth, ready to make a rather special mix this Negroni Week. Their homebrew vermouth is combined with Campari, Gin and gently spiced with sweet cicely foraged by their chefs in Kent – a lot of TLC has gone into this mix. The perfect overture to one of the ex-Great British Menu chef’s famed, modernised tasting menus.
A week in Negronis
Daily changing mixes for Negroni Week at Crockers Henley
Cheesecake Negroni, Café Negroni, Mezcal Negroni and a clear Ivory Negroni – £12 each & 10 per cent off during Negroni Week
For Negroni week, the mixologist at the newly opened Crockers Henley, Ryan Osnowski (ex-Fat Duck) is puling out all the stops. With four seriously creative special mixes on the menu in the cosy bar in the heart of Henley-on-Thames, guests can try a host of flavour combinations. A Cheesecake Negroni with mascarpone washed Campari, a Café Negroni with Humble Juan coffee beans and Angostura 5 Rum, a Cupreata Mezcal Negroni with Cocchi Vermouth, Mondino Amaro and Mezcal Amores, or an Ivory Negroni: clear in colour using Riesling Vermouth, Dominik dry Vermouth and Ramsbury Estate Gin topped with bitters. All £12, with 10 per cent off during Negroni Week.