Campari, gin and vermouth are the powerhouse trio in one of the most popular cocktails in the world, the Negroni. In the fifth year of its charity-driven celebration, Imbibe Magazine and Campari launch Negroni Week from June 5 through June 11.
The event’s tagline, “seven days to celebrate, three ingredients, one simple way to give back,” encourages bartenders and mixologists around the world to mix classic and original variations of the cocktail for a charitable cause of their choice.
Since the first Negroni Week in 2013, the effort has raised nearly $900,000 for charity and grown to an impressive 6,000 venues worldwide.
Benefitting charities can be locally based, national or global, and include the always popular Surfrider Foundation and the Helen David Relief Fund, which aids women in the bar industry diagnosed with breast cancer.
Here are some San Diego venues participating in this year’s Negroni Week.
Officine Buona Forchetta
Peppegroni by Alessandro Riva: House made peppercorn-infused Campari, Antica Formula Carpano and St. George Bruto Americano, slices of red and green bell peppers.
Charity: Crave McKinley Elementary School Art Program
2865 Sims Rd., Point Loma, 619.548.5770, officinebuonaforchetta.com
Grab your friends and have your own Negroni tasting at Kettner Exchange. Beverage Director Steven Tuttle and teamed up with the venue’s bartenders who developed a Negroni variation to support One More Wave - a local nonprofit that helps wounded or disabled veterans get back into surfing by providing customized equipment and assistance. A special charity event goes down at 7 p.m. Thursday.
A Willing Foe by Steven Tuttle: Navy Strength Rum, Campari, sweet vermouth, lemon, grapefruit, rhubarb bitters
Rad Negroni, Bro by Paulina Konja: Gin, Campari, sweet vermouth, Stiegl Grapefruit Radler
Gigroni by Eric Giger: Gin, Campari, Amaro CioCiaro, Byrrh
Campari Daiquiri by Christina Valdez: Extra dry white rum, Campari, lime, demerara, Peychaud’s Bitters
Vampure by Claire Sexton: Blood orange infused extra dry white rum, Cocchi Americano, Campari, lemon, Peychaud’s Bitters
Smoke & Velvet by Owen Ingalls: Mezcal, Cocchi di Torino, Cappelletti, Campari, crack salt, absinthe, champagne
The Poser by Isaac Benavides: Mezcal, Campari, blood orange, cinnamon, Carpano Bianco Champagne
The Mrs. Bitterman by Julie Scott: Gin, Campari, Poblano Verde Liqueur, Bitter Bianca
2001 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619.255.2001, kettnerexchange.com
Negroni Week here will include five specialty choices on the cocktail menu, which will benefit No Kid Hungry.
Smoked Negroni Swizzle: Mezcal, Campari, Falernum, honey syrup, lemon juice
Other selections include Vanilla Sky, a one-year barrel-aged pear Negroni, Bitter Morning with rye whiskey, and Red Light District with sparkling rosé.
4696 30th St., North Park, 619.677.3784, politeprovisions.com
The Urban Kitchen Group
Home of the popular Cucina locations, this group is supporting man’s best friend and Baja Dog Rescue at three of its locations.
White Negroni at Cucina Sorella: Gin, Dolin Blanc Vermouth, Suze Saveur D’Autrefois Liqueur, grapefruit bitters
4055 Adams Ave., Kensington, 619.281.4014, urbankitchengroup.com/cucina-sorella-kensington
King Crimson at Cucina Urbana: Nolet’s Gin, cynar, aperol
505 Laurel St., Bankers Hill, 619.239.2222, urbankitchengroup.com/cucina-urbana-bankers-hill
Sparkling Blood Orange Negroni at Cucina Enoteca: see recipe below to create your own at home.
2730 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, 858.704.4500, urbankitchengroup.com/cucina-enoteca-del-mar
Sparkling Blood Orange Negroni
From Cucina Enoteca Del Mar
1 oz Blood orange juice
1 oz Campari
1 oz Gin
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
1/2 oz Prosecco
1 blood orange slice garnish on top
Serve on the rocks.
Soda & Swine
Serving up a special Negroni menu with five variations on the classic at the Liberty Station outpost, Soda & Swine will support No Kid Hungry during Negroni Week.
Fancy-a-roni: Spring 44 Mountain View Gin, Gancia Americano, Mariol Vermut, lemon juice
Other selections include Tony’s Grogoni, Californegroni, Boulevardier, and The Three Ruffians.
2750 Dewey Rd., #104, Liberty Station, 619.501.9989, sodaandswine.com
Mess Hall Bar
Negroni Santo: Saint George Botanivore Gin, Saint George Bruto Americano, Carpano Antica, Campari
Charity: No Kid Hungry
2820 Historic Decatur Rd., Liberty Station, 619.255.8360, libertypublicmarket.com/artisans/mess-hall
Craft & Commerce
Jungle Boulevardier: Campari, Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth, Plantation Pineapple Rum, Hamilton Pot Still Black Rum, orange zest
Charity: Pit Bull Rescue San Diego
675 W. Beech St., Little Italy, 619.269.2202, craft-commerce.com
Stake Chophouse & Bar
Bro-Vardier: James Pepper Rye, cynar, Carpano Antica, Gran Classico
Charity: One More Wave
1309 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.522.0077, stakechophouse.com
Leroy’s Kitchen & Lounge
Oaxacan Negroni: Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Campari, Carpano Antica, Grapefruit Bitters
Charity: One More Wave
1015 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6087, leroyskitchenandlounge.com
For more information on Negroni Week and participating venues, visit negroniweek.com. Be sure to tag your own Negroni adventures with the hashtag #NegroniWeek and #PacificSD so we can follow along.