Drinking for a cause is always welcome. Sure, most of the time, the cause is egotistical, like one-upping your friend who dared to belittle your liver’s ability to take on booze, but there is one sacred week a year where we can tell ourselves that having a cocktail isn’t selfish, it’s for the greater good. During Negroni Week, you aren’t drinking for yourself. You have every right to claim that the five negronis in front of you, went down your throat for charity.
Negroni Week 2018 will be upon us from 4 to 10 June, and during that period, any of the participating bars you visit will whip up a special negroni for you, and at least S$1 from the proceeds of the drink will go to the bartender’s charity of choice. Created by Campari, the noble initiative has been around since 2013, and according to a press statement, it has “collectively raised close to US$1.5 million for charitable causes” since its advent.
We really didn’t need any more excuses to enjoy the classic Italian aperitivo, but we’re definitely down for the one Negroni Week provides. This year, over 60 bars in Singapore have submitted their unique negroni-inspired concoctions, including recent Asia’s 50 Best Bars toppers like Manhattan, Atlas and 28 HongKong Street. It’s an elephantine challenge to hit up every single one of those destinations, so we’ve whittled the list down to 10 negronis you can’t skip if you’re feeling thirsty that week.
For more information on Negroni Week 2018, click here.
June Baek from JW Mariott’s Court Martial Bar delivers a chocolate negroni (S$16++) that will have anyone with a sweet tooth hankering for more. White creme de cacao substitutes a fraction of the sweet vermouth used to add a dense chocolatey profile to the drink, as chocolate bitters are dashed in to ensure the bitterness of the cocktail still holds.
S$2 from every purchase of the cocktail will be donated to Water for People, a non-profit charity that’s dedicated to providing infrastructure for clean water in developing nations.
Court Martial Bar, JW Marriott Hotel, 30 Beach Road, Singapore 189763
Marcello is Singapore’s first purely Italian bar, with Southeast Asia’s largest amaro collection, so it’s definitely qualified to make a smashing negroni. For the week, head bartender Palmira Bertuca will add homemade limoncello to the negroni for a zesty kick, claiming that the Limonegroni (S$18++) is a “refreshing alternative to the typical cocktail”.
S$2 from every purchase of the cocktail will be donated to Food from the Heart, a foundation dedicated to eradicating hunger amongst the less fortunate in Singapore.
Marcello, 1 Nanson Road, InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay, Singapore 238909
28 HongKong Street’s Gavin Teravasan’s take on the negroni is all about infusions and tropical flavours. Campari, housemade jackfruit-infused rum and cacao nib-infused vermouth create a dark, syrupy medley of flavours in Get Jacked! (S$23++) that goes down easy if you aren’t too fond of overly bitter negronis.
S$1 from every purchase of the cocktail will be donated to HealthServe, an organisation that provides healthcare, counselling, casework and social assistance aid to underprivileged migrant workers.
28 HongKongStreet, 28 HongKong Street, Singapore 059667
Italian restaurant Atmastel’s Negramastel (S$18++) is quite a fruity delight. Red berries and yuzu are fruits that pair naturally with gin, so bartender Rosario Farraioli has chosen to infuse them into vermouth to invite a sweet-sour kick to the final cocktail. Homemade lavender syrup finishes the drink, enhancing its already floral bouquet.
S$1 from every purchase of the cocktail will be donated to Water for People, a non-profit charity that’s dedicated to providing infrastructure for clean water in developing nations.
Atmastel,#B1-22 South Beach Avenue, 26 Beach Road, Singapore 189768
Italy and Islay come together in Fat Prince’s Smoky Negroni (S$21++). Bartender Thomas Sobota was recently in Islay to experience its peated whiskies, and he was inspired by the heady smokiness of the spirits there. The result is a negroni made with dill-infused gin, orange-infused rosso vermouth and Campari, smoked with hickory wood.
S$2 from every purchase of the cocktail will be donated to Autism Speaks, a committee that advocates for acceptance of those with autism in Singapore.
Fat Prince is located at 48 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079317
Halfway between a boulevardier and a negroni is Manhattan’s Betty’s Negroni (S$23++), created by bartender Frank Hu. The heavily-peated Port Charlotte whisky by Bruichladdich is mixed with Campari gin and rosso vermouth, then finished with a pinch of sea salt that cuts through the drink’s natural bitterness.
S$1 from every purchase of the cocktail will be donated to the Helen David Relief Fund, a charity that aids women in the bar industry suffering from breast cancer.
Manhattan Bar, Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road, Level 2, Singapore 249715
Atlas presents a negroni with a French twist, titled Gascon (S$22++). Created by senior bartender Edriane Lim, the cocktail skips the vermouth and gin, and instead uses armagnac (hence the name, as this brandy is made in Gascony) and a mulled Rioja wine as its base, alongside a measure of Campari.
S$1 from every purchase of the cocktail will be donated to Food Bank Singapore, an organisation that relieves hunger amongst the less fortunate while combating food waste.
Atlas, Parkview Square, 600 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188778
Origin Bar is all about translating the history behind Singapore’s famous neighbourhoods into cocktails, so it makes sense that its negroni adaptation is named Buona Vista. Italian settlers made that district their home in Singapore’s early colonial days, and with that past in mind, Origin Bar’s Buona Vista (S$23++) is a negroni bountiful with ingredients from the land of la dolce vita.
Chocolate and hazelnut distillate replace gin, and is mixed with Campari and a sweet fig vermouth. Coffee foam tops the tincture — it is practically a dessert. S$2 from every purchase of the cocktail will be donated to Reach Community Services, a network that offers care and outreach to people in Singapore through community programmes.
Origin Bar, Shangri-La Hotel, Lobby Level, Tower Wing, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350
Amrith’s Edwin Poh was inspired by Thai milk tea when creating the Cha Yan Negroni (S$22++). Thailand’s popular beverage is infused into Cinzano Rosso, then stirred with campari and dark rum to develop the cocktail’s seductive quality. A creamy Thai tea espuma crowns the glass for added decadence.
S$2 from every purchase of the cocktail will be donated to Trybe, a volunteer welfare organisation with outreach programmes to empower at-risk youths in Singapore.
Amrith, 33 Scotts Road, Singapore 228226
As an aperitivo, negronis are traditionally enjoyed with other light bites that signal the start of a meal. Ham is a popular Italian staple, and with that in mind, Gibson’s principal bartender, Gento Torigata chose to make a savoury negroni with Iberico-infused mezcal, sweet vermouth Campari (S$23++)
S$1 from every purchase of the cocktail will be donated to The New Charis Mission, a non-profit organisation that helps provide second chances to the elderly, at-risk youth, and former convicts.
Gibson, 2nd Floor, 20 Bukit Pasoh Rd, Singapore 089834