Imbibe Magazine and Campari’s Negroni Week (Jun 6-12) encourages participating bars to donate one dollar for each Negroni they sell during the week to a charity of their choice. Need any more excuse to drink? Check out these specially made variations.
Launched in 2013, Negroni Week has grown from 100 participating outlets in the US for its inaugural edition to some 3,500 establishments around the world last year. Taking place from Jun 6-12, the 2016 edition will involve at least 28 bars and restaurants in Bangkok with a portion of every negroni you buy going to charitable causes. You can look forward to new twists on the classic cocktail at outlets like think 1881 by Water Library, Salt Aree, Vesper, Bunker and more heavy-hitters. Below are our highlights. See the full list of participating venues and their chosen charities here.
1. Bottle-aged Caramel Negroni at 1881 by Water Library (B340)
Here, the deep aged gin notes are balanced out by a rich caramel sauce.
Groove@CentralWorld, Rama 1 Rd., 061-825-7348, 095-072-7777. BTS Chit Lom
2. Negroni Sour at Sorrento (B290)
A combination of two classics. The bartender adds rhubarb syrup to the conventional mixture and shakes with lemon juice and egg white for added texture.
73 Sathorn Soi 10, 02-234-9933
3. Hibiscus Negroni at Seven Spoons (B350)
Seven Spoons add a touch of tartness to its Negroni using hibiscus syrup for an even deeper red color. You can also opt for the Negroni East, flavored by kaffir lime essential oil. Side note: they're donating 30-percent of the total price toward a foundation for women's and children's rights.
22-24 Chakkaphatdi Phong Rd., 02-629-9214
4. Navy's Negroni at Bunker (B360)
Go all the way dry with this Negroni, characterized by the overproof Perry’s Tot Navy Strength gin and Carpano dry on top of the classic trio. The slightly sweet aftertaste is a bonus.
118/2 Sathorn Soi 12, 092-563-9991
5. Caps Lock Negroni at Osito (B540)
Osito offers four Negronis. For something strong, choose the bold Caps Lock Negroni (B540) with overproof Martin Miller's Westbourne Strength gin and Antica formula vermouth. In addition to this and the standard mix (B235), you can opt for the Chocogroni (B250), in which the vanilla-ish Colombian gin goes well with white chocolate liqueur and chocolate bitter, or go colorless with the citrusy White Negroni (B290), made with clear Campari-like aperitif Suze and white vermouth on Old Raj dry gin.
Mahatun Plaza, 888/23-24 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-651-4399. BTS Phloen Chit
6. Truffle Negroni at The Bar at Il Fumo (B420)
Ford gin cold-infused with truffle that’s then balanced by black walnut bitters. Bonus points: this cocktail will be available throughout this month.
1098/2 Rama 4 Rd., 02-286-8833
7. Berry Negroni at Chomp (B160)
On top of its classic Negroni using local Granma Jinn’s gin, the diner offers five more Campari-based drinks during the period. In the Berry Negroni tweak, cherry vodka replaces the gin, joined by moxed berries and floral bitters and fizzy sprite.
63-65 Samsen Soi 1, 02-629-2026
8. Queen’s Negroni Rabbit Hole (B320)
A less stark version of Negroni, featuring Port wine and peach bitters.
125 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 081-822-3392, 098-969-1335
9. Nutty Negroni at Backstage Bar (B340)
Frangelico hazelnut liqueur and roasted areca nuts are added to the classic Negroni. Two other Campari cocktails are also featured at the bar during this week, namely the tequila-based Earth Beet and bourbon-based Perfect Rhapsodia.
L/F, Playhaus Thonglor, 205/22-23 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-712-5747
10. Barrel-Aged at Lady Brett and UNCLE (B295)
Available at all Lady Brett and UNCLE outlets, the classic Negroni is aged in an oak barrel for one month. They also do three more Campari-based specials including the marriage of Negroni and New York Sour dubbed “New York Negroni” with bourbon, orange, lemon and egg white, Bitter and Beans (coffee-infused Campari, orange-infused rum and Cinzano Rosso) and Negroni Sgroppino with Prosecco and raspberry sorbet.
149 Sathorn Soi 12, 02-635-0405
72 Courtyard, 72 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-392-7626
11. Charlie's Barrel-aged Negroni at Vesper (B380)
The cacao nibs and orange peels-infused Negroni is aged for six weeks and served with cacao milk foam and shaved dark chocolate atop.
10/15 Convent Rd., 02-235-2777. BTS Sala Daeng
12. Spiced Negroni at WTF (price TBA)
The gin is infused with Kampot pink peppercorn for spicy notes before being added to Campari and Cinzano.
7 Sukhumvit Soi 51, 02-662-6246. BTS Thong Lo