By Mike Augustyniak

Negroni Week launched in 2013 as a celebration of one of the world’s great cocktails and an effort to raise money for charitable causes around the world. From 2013-14, the week grew from more than 100 participating venues to more than 1,300 and more than $120,000 raised for charities.

This week in Mike’s Mix, Mike Augustyniak checks out the Negroni cocktail at Heyday in Minneapolis.

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The Heyday Negroni

  • 1 ½ oz Tanqueray gin
  • ¾ oz Campari
  • ½ oz Punt e Mes vermouth
  • ½ oz Tattersall Orange Crema
  • 3 to 4 dashes of Fee Brothers Orange Bitters

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass.  Add ice and still until chilled (about 30 seconds).  Strain into a low ball glass over new ice.  Serve with a rip of orange peel for garnish.

Taste Test

Heyday manager and bartender Mike Lecy says that there are two types of Negroni recipes — one contains equal parts of gin, vermouth and Campari, and is best served on the rocks.  The other (called a ‘stepladder’) is designed to highlight the gin by ‘stepping down’ the amount of vermouth compared to gin, and ‘stepping down’ the amount of Campari to vermouth.

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The Heyday Negroni uses the latter method, which produces a less-bitter version of the drink that Mike calls the “kiddy version” of a Negroni (in name only; no one under the legal drinking age should try one!).  Tattersall’s Orange Crema (with a vibrant orange flavor comparable to an orange cello) and a healthy amount of orange bitters really set off the orange flavor in the Campari in this one.

The cocktail is on the menu as part of Negroni Week from June 6 to 12, 2016.  Negroni Week is a worldwide fundraiser for charity, in which participating bars donate a portion of proceeds from the sale of every Negroni.  Heyday will be supporting Second Harvest Heartland all week.

A kick-off event will also be held at Heyday on Monday, June 6 from 7 to 11 p.m.  A $20 donation at the door will benefit Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, and will include drink tickets and the chance to win prizes in a raffle.  An additional $5 donation at the door will get you a limited-edition Negroni Week T-shirt!

To see all 26 participating bars and charities in the Twin Cities, visit negroniweek.com, or click here to download a guidebook from the Twin Cities chapter of the U.S. Bartenders Guild.

 

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Mike Augustyniak