The history of the Negroni is as simple as the recipe. Back in 1919, Count Camillo Negroni – the founder of the drinks namesake – asked his bartender to create a stronger variation of his favorite cocktail – The Americano. Negroni’s bartender, Forsco Scarselli, catered to Negroni’s request by switching out soda water with Gin, as well as garnishing with an orange instead of the traditional lemon. This was the beginning of the ‘Negroni’, a drink still enjoyed by many today. However, for newbies to craft spirits, much like myself, the recipe of equal parts Gin, Vermouth and Campari can be overwhelming. The recipe below is a variation on the traditional, replacing Campari with Aperol. This creates a less intense bitter taste with much sweeter notes.