It’s Cocktail O’Clock
“And I’ll have a Negroni”. For a long time, I dreamed that saying those words and sipping a magical cocktail would immediately transport me to a world of supreme sophistication. I had no idea why, nor any idea what combined spirits made it, and come to think of it, I never had one, but I just knew a negroni was something special. The first time I had one was two decades ago on an unforgettably cold Halloween evening in Venice, I was not transported anywhere except a few dance floors with my friend Davide. It warmed me up and packed a punch that kept us out all night. The last time I had one was at Caffe Gilli in Florence because that exactly where you are supposed to have a negroni.
Florence? Yes, your cult favorite cocktail and all its variations comes out of the cradle of the Renaissance, and in this episode, the epicurious Coral Sisk of Curious Appetite tells you all about Negroni’s history, where to enjoy aperitivi in Florence, what makes a good Negroni variation (and what doesn’t) and how to make your own. (Hint: She has a Negroni club).
IN THIS EPISODE
[01:43] Meet the epicurious Coral Sisk
[05:40] The legend of Negroni
[13:12] Pairing with Negroni
[16:01] Curious Appetites’ food tours and cocktail classes
[20:48] The Negroni Sbagliato
[24:35] What makes a Negroni a Negroni
[26:33] Where to get a great Negroni in Florence
[35:04] Bartenders and Artists
Coral’s apertivo picks