It’s Negroni Week! And while I love, love, love a Negroni and fully intended to share my go-to recipe, I found myself down a deep rabbit hole reading about Campari.
If you’ve never had a Negroni, it’s a 3-ingredient cocktail and an absolute classic. Typically made with equal parts Gin, Campari and Sweet Vermouth, it’s both bitter and sweet and surprisingly refreshing. Endless variations of this popular cocktail have emerged since its invention in Florence early in the 20th century, but Campari is the one ingredient that nearly all Negronis have in common.
Which I absolutely love! But outside of a Negroni and a Campari Spritz, I don’t use it nearly enough. So I set out to find recipes that feature Campari and have fallen head over heels in love with this Siesta Cocktail recipe!
Campari is an iconic Italian liqueur that’s known for its bright red color and one-of-a-kind bitterness, which is especially tasty when paired with citrus. But how I’ve never thought to pair it with Tequila is beyond me because it is DELICIOUS. This recipe was adapted from one created in 2006 by Katie Stipe at the Flatiron Lounge in NYC (a hugely influential cocktail bar that I loved, but is very sadly now closed), and I can’t stop making it. IT IS SO FREAKING GOOD. This unexpected combination somehow just works, so if you like bitter flavors like I do, this one is most definitely for you!
A writer and photographer, Allie Albanese is the founder and curator of Parched Around the World. Here she seeks to tell stories about the intersection of food, drinks, cultures, and traditions in places near and far.
As the Beverage Director and Head Bartender of a high-volume cocktail bar, Allie spent years honing her mixology skills and learning about the fascinating world of drinks. In the time since, she's worked as a wine and cocktail consultant for both private and corporate clients, as well as a freelance journalist writing about cocktails, wine, food, and travel for various publications across the United States and abroad.
When mixing a drink for herself, you’ll likely find Allie with a fresh Gin Gimlet or a spicy Old Fashioned in hand!