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The Negroni cocktail, with its equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth, is considered a classic due to its simplicity and brilliance. The white Negroni, created in 2001, substitutes bitter gentian liqueur and sweet white fortified wine for its ingredients. Bartenders have since created various riffs on this colorless spin, using different infusions and ingredients to put their own twist on the cocktail.
The Negroni cocktail dates at least to the 1940s-but more likely the 1910s-and despite it having many variations before the recipe (equal parts gin, Campari and sweet vermouth) was canonized, few question the simple brilliance of its ingredients and proportions.
The white Negroni has gained popularity in recent years, with bartenders incorporating unique ingredients and infusions to create their own versions of the cocktail. One example includes using brown butter and sage-infused gin with white soy-infused Luxardo Bitter Bianco and El Bandarra white vermouth. Bartenders enjoy offering variations on the white Negroni because it is already a variation itself.
"There's appeal in offering variations on the white Negroni, because the white Negroni itself is a variation," says Eva Suter, bar manager at Austin's L'Oca d'Oro, and soon-to-open Bambino.