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The Negroni

While the drink's origins are obscured by time, the most widely reported version is that it was invented in Florence, Italy in 1919, at Caffè Casoni, now called Caffè Giacosa. Count Camillo Negroni invented it by asking the bartender, Fosco Scarselli, to strengthen his favorite cocktail, the Americano, by adding gin rather than the normal soda water. The bartender also added an orange garnish rather than the typical lemon garnish of the Americano to signify that it was a different drink. After the success of the cocktail, the Negroni Family founded Negroni Distillery in Treviso, Italy, and produced a ready-made version of the drink, sold as Antico Negroni 1919. One of the earliest reports of the drink came from Orson Welles in correspondence with the Coshocton Tribune
while working in Rome on Cagliostro in 1947, where he described a new drink called the Negroni, "The bitters are excellent for your liver, the gin is bad for you. They balance each other."

The Negroni isn't for the fainthearted or conservative in spirit. Serve those guest intimidated by the bitterness of this drink a Negroni in a collins glass filled with cracked ice and  topped with a splash prosecco. A hard hitting aperitif, the Negroni should be followed by an appetizer or dinner. The cocktail is best finished with a burnt orange twist or an orange slice draped across the top of the cocktail glass.