Negroni lovers, here’s where to try new twists around town for a good cause...
Campari. Gin. Sweet vermouth. Add a citrus twist and it’s perfection. We’ll nurse a Negroni any day of the year, and have already shown you how to make this classic cocktail on your own, but when Negroni Week rolls round encouraging us all to swirl an aperitif at a swanky spot for a good cause, how can you say no? This global event was kicked off by Campari back in 2013, encouraging bars to create a new twist on the classic and raise money for a chosen charity over one week. Negroni Week 2018 runs 4th – 10th of June, and of course the city’s best bars are bringing their A game. Here’s where you’ll find us…
But first: need a little history lesson on the Negroni? Palmira Bertuca, head bartender at Marcello, fills us in:
“Of course, the Negroni has its own unique history – legend has it that back in 1919, Count Camillo Negroni asked his bartender to strengthen his Americano cocktail by switching the soda for gin… and the result was this boozy, delicious drink. The flavour profile of the Negroni is actually very simple, with a slight floral undertone provided for the gin, and I think that’s why it’s become so popular – especially among the bartending community.”
We do love this vintage-vibe Italian bar, which only comes out at night behind Publico Deli at the InterContinental Robertson Quay. For Negroni week, head bartender Palmira Bertuca has mixed up something entirely refreshing: the Limonegroni. The story behind the drink? “The Limonegroni is the perfect balance of bitter-sweet and sour,” she says. “Rather than overpowering the drinker with the taste of artificial lemons, I used homemade Limoncello to add a subtle lemon undertone to the drink. When I was creating the Limonegroni, I was imagining a summer day lounging on the beaches of the Amalfi Coast – it’s zesty and refreshing, so perfect for the hot weather we get here in Singapore!” And of course, you’re going to want to try the limited edition Homemade Campari Gelato ice cream and Campari Gelatina jelly to go with that.
Marcello’s chosen charity for Negroni Week? Food from the Heart, which aims to solve the issue of hunger and excessive waste in Singapore through a food distribution scheme. Two dollars from each Limonegroni will go to this great cause.
Marcello, Level 1 InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay, 238909
When we aren’t stuffing our faces with the amazing mod-Middle Eastern nosh here, we’re sipping on the fantastic cocktails by the always affable head bartender, Tomas Sabato. What’s he doing for Negroni Week? The Smoky Negroni ($21++), made with boutique gin The Botanist that’s been infused with dill, orange-infused Mancino Rosso and then smoked with hickory wood for a sensory experience. For every drink sold during Negroni Week, Fat Prince will be donating $2++ to Autism Speaks.
Fat Prince, 48 Peck Seah St #01-01, 079317
Another fresh pick in Singapore’s bar scene is Fancy – and for its Negroni Week debut bartender Sin Kim Shin has stirred up the refreshing Rosella. We’re up for this Negroni that balances the bitterness of Campari with a hit of tangy grapefruit with a herbaceous hint thanks to some rosemary. A dollar from each of these limited-edition cocktails is going to local charity Trigger’s Toys, which provides toys and therapy items to hospitalised children in need, or who are surviving through family trauma.
Fancy, 35 North Canal Rd, Unit 01-01, 059291
You’ll find 1864 at the swish new Sofitel Singapore City Centre in Tanjong Pagar. Award-winning mixologist Michael Mendoza is leading 1864’s Negroni Week debut with a lineup of variations we’re damn curious about – and just saying, $1 from each one sold will go towards Autism Speaks. We’ve got our eye on the White Negroni, ($24++) made with Gin and St Germain Liqueur. There’s also the Coconut Negroni ($30++), for starters – billed as a “tropical Negroni aged for four weeks with an Asian twist”. And for $58++ you can try the Octomore Negroni – which features Octomore Whisky and “gives an immense smoky feel”. Are you game?
1864, 9 Wallich Street, (5th floor), Sofitel Singapore City Centre, Singapore, 078885
CÉ LA VI
Now here’s a beautiful spot to enjoy a sundowner: rooftop bar CÉ LA VI is serving up two new Negronis in support of The Red Cross Society Singapore. First up is the Barrel Aged Negroni: a blend of T10, Campari and plum-infused Rosso for deep fruity notes. Want something literally more chill? The Frozen Negroni is made with T10, Rosso, Campari and Barrel Aged – and you guessed it, it’s served frozen. Both special creations for Negroni Week are $24++, and will support The Red Cross Society’s blood donor recruitment programme, a home and activity centre for the disabled, transport aid, food aid and community first aid.
CÉ LA VI, 1 Bayfront Avenue Marina Bay Sands Tower 3, 018971
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