The history of the Negroni
The globally renowned red drink was formed in Florence in 1919 thanks to the tastes of Count Camillo Negroni. Having lived in London and New York, he acquired a liking for the mixing that was in vogue in the Anglo-Saxon world and returned to Florence with a specific request.
And so it was that in the store on via della Spada which later became the historic Caffè Giocosa, bartender Folco Scarselli got to work on the Count’s visionary request: a revisited and stronger Americano, with gin instead of soda.
From that day on, the cocktail took his name and became a drink known by all Florentine bartenders up to today, particularly by Luca Picchi who’s known as the greatest expert on the subject of Negroni. Thanks to his research on the subject, the Florentine aristocrat Camillo Negroni will always be remembered as the elegant viveur with the top hat who ordered his favourite cocktail while sitting in Florentine bars, adding his signature orange garnish – a real luxury at the time.
Cocktail tour with Negroni included
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