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The Negroni by Gabrielle Hamilton.

You want to have a Negroni before dinner—not after and not during—and not at that nightclub in a martini glass. It’s a Campari and gin and sweet vermouth and those parts are kind of perfect for all that they contribute to the job. You have a little bit of an empty stomach and the gin hits you and kind of warms you up and softens the edges of your hard day. And the Campari is bitter and tonifying, so it kind of piques your appetite. You’re a little on fire and you’re a little hungry and so that could be a bad situation. And the sweet vermouth smoothes over the relationship between those two arguing people. This whole drink is hanging, hanging in balance, these two things of bitter and sweet. I mean, that’s just a drink, which I want to have, but it also happens to stand in as an incredible metaphor for my entire marriage, my relationship to Italy, Rome.

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Servings: 1 cocktail

Ingredients
1 ounce Plymouth Gin
1 ounce Campari
1 ounce Noilly Prat vermouth

Directions:

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1.  Add gin.

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2. Add vermouth.

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3. Add Campari.

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4. Stir for 10-15 seconds.

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5. Add a 1/2 wheel of orange.

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6. Enjoy.