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Meet QT’s Bitter & Twisted Drink of Choice

Sep 19, 2023  ·  3 min read
If QT was a cocktail, it would be a negroni. A cocktail with a promise of excitement and intrigue, a libation that sparks conversations and turns heads in the most stylish of bars.
It’s only natural that we love when World Negroni Week rolls around. So, settle into your chicest chair, drape yourself in a touch of sophistication, and let’s embark on a journey into the captivating world of Campari and the infamous negroni.

The Origin Story: Campari

In a world brimming with libations, one name has carved a niche all its own – Campari. Campari wasn’t crafted; it was conjured. It all began in 1860 when Gaspare Campari, a visionary bartender, dared to blend an array of exotic herbs and spices with an audacious touch of bitterness. The result? A brilliant red liquid.  It’s not just a drink; it’s an experience, a lifestyle, a splash of luxury that dances on your palate and paints your evenings with vibrant hues.

The Social Catalyst: Negroni

One fateful evening in 1919, a certain Count walked into his favorite Florence bar and ordered an Americano… with a twist. Instead of soda water, he ordered a mix of Campari, rosso vermouth and gin. His name was Count Camillo Negroni, and this week we celebrate him!

The Recipe: Negroni

30ml Campari
30ml gin
30ml rosso vermouth

Stir ingredients over ice and strain into short glass over large ice block. Garnish with an orange slice.

The Viral Version: Negroni Sbagliato

Whilst it may have gone viral in 2022, it was created 50 years earlier. In 1972 at Bar Basso in Milan, a bartender mistakenly used prosecco instead of gin to make a negroni, hence this drinks name – The Wrong Negroni.

45ml Campari
45ml rosso vermouth
120ml prosecco

Fill large wine glass with ice and all three ingredients. Garnish with orange slice.

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The Low-Alcohol Variation: Americano

As soon as Gaspare Campari released his legendary red bitter in 1860, the Milanese began mixing it with rosso vermouth to make a cocktail called a Milano-Torino. This drink was far too bitter for travelling American tourists, so to appease them soda water was added, thus called The Americano in their “honour”.

30ml Campari
30ml rosso vermouth
Top with soda water

Add first two ingredients to highball glass. Fill glass with ice and top with premium soda water. Garnish with orange slice.

A toast to the bitter and twisted, celebrate QT’s cocktail of choice at Rooftop at QT through September and October with Campari. Sip on $10 negronis at Rooftop at QT’s Sunday Club.

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