The Negroni: You either love it or you hate it, and there’s really nothing in between. But it is also one of the most classic cocktails, a bitter yet balanced all year round drink. Just thinking about the gin, campari and vermouth ingredients will make our mouths water.
As part of Imbibe Magazine and Campari National Negroni Week, June 6-12, more than 50 Austin bars and restaurants will be participating in the charity celebration. With classic and unique variations of the cocktail, each spot donates a portion of the week’s Negroni sales to a local charity of their choice.
Here are 10 of our favorite Austin spots celebrating Negroni Week with cocktails that are well worth it.
South Lamar’s newest hot spot, Backbeat, offers four different Negronis. Each drink is $ 8 or $ 6 during happy hour. For something different, try the Sbagliato Bianco with Prosecco, wormwood enriched with lemon thyme and suze or the Tehuana Trio with mezcal, Bianco vermouth washed with coconut and Capelletti Aperitivo Rosso. Backbeat’s beneficiary is its neighbor, the Mary Lee Foundation.
Counter 3. Five. VII
The downtown upscale restaurant offers two types of Negronis (classic and blanc) by beverage manager Jason Huerta. Counter 3. Five. VII has selected MusicTechandFood.org as its charity of choice.
The stylish on-campus BBQ eatery serves $ 9 Aviation Gin Negronis, a traditional version of the drink, all week. The bar also serves a Negroni Silenzioso with Mezcal El Silencio, Aperol, Punt E Mes, and orange bitters. Freedmens Negronis benefit the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas.
Juliet celebrates Negroni week with not one, but 15 different Negronis. When visiting the Italian restaurant, try the Negroni flight, which offers four types of Negronis, or the Tiki Negroni, which is made from Campari, Gin, Carpano Antica, pineapple, coconut water, simple syrup, lime, ginger beer and bitter all rolled into one Tiki is served mug. Juliet also hands out a special menu of Negroni pizzas and Negroni sorbetto, and donates $ 1 for every Negroni sold to communities in schools.
King Bee Lounge
King Bee’s dark interiors and cool ambience provide a welcome escape from the Austin heat or rain. To help even further, the Cocktail Lounge on East 12th Street has a frozen Negroni that is not to be missed. King Bee has selected SafePlace as a charity partner.
This fresh seafood cuisine stirs up three different Negronis for the week, with sales benefiting Austin Pets Alive. The drinks featured include the barrel-aged Negroni and the Boulevardier, a traditional variant of a Negroni that is instead made from bourbon.
The chic cocktail spot Roosevelt Room has selected Austin Children’s Shelter as a partner for Negroni Week. Roosevelt Room has prepared a unique Negroni with ingredients that complement the gin, such as Dolin Blanc Vermouth, Amaro Montenegro and Fusion Verjus Blanc, as well as a side dish of four Hakushu 12 Year sprays, lime oils and a cucumber blossom.
CultureMap’s Bar of the Year takes a classic yet mundane approach to Negroni week with gin and vermouth pairings from around the world. The Townsend gives its Negroni love to the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.
Get a taste of Italy at Visconti. A perfect setting for the Italian cocktail, Granduca Restaurant features a $ 10 traditional gin negroni and $ 10 bourbon spin-off all week long. For every drink, $ 1 will be donated to the St. David’s Foundation.
Would you like to shop while you drink? As part of the festival week, Weather Up is serving free Negronis at Billy Reid on June 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Stag on June 10 from 3 to 6 p.m. Weather Up also donates 10 percent of its Negroni sales from its regular home on East Cesar Chavez Street to the Austin Food & Wine Alliance.
So drink up, Austin! It’s for a good cause after all. The full list of participating Austin spots can be found on the Negroni Week website.