Launched in 2013, Negroni Week was created as an effort to raise money for charities around the world. Participating bars and restaurants mix classic Negroni cocktails that result in donations to their charity of choice.
This year, Negroni Week takes place from June 4th to June 10th. Here are some Negroni cocktails for you to ask for the next time you’re out with friends (or to even try making at home)!
The Breakfast Negroni: Great for brunches or a late night pick-me-up, this drink combines orange marmalade and an Irish tea infusion for a the right amount of caffeine, sweetness, and kick.
Sparkling Negroni Punch: This sweet beverage is perfect for parties; light, bubbly, and delicious! You can serve in tall glasses with fruit for garnish or leave in a punch bowl with a ladle for guests to serve themselves.
FroGoni: This drink is half refreshing smoothie, half slushy cocktail. It’s perfect for enjoying at summertime BBQs, relaxing by the poolside, and even lazy hot nights on your balcony or porch.
Blood Orange Negroni: Blood oranges not only lend a stunning color to beverages, but a perfect blend of tartness and sweetness too. Add an entire slice to the finished cocktail for a real show-stopper!
Original Negroni: You can’t have a list for Negroni Week without including the classic Negroni. This simple and delicious cocktail includes just 3 ingredients—and an ice cold glass!
This recipe combines the subtle aroma of lavender with the classic flavor of cold, refreshing lemonade. Its vibrant and beautiful hue makes this a fun beverage for the kids to enjoy on a hot summer day or for moms to turn into cocktails for a rejuvenating night in with friends. You can even consider serving this simple drink at your next BBQ, picnic, dinner party and more! The combination of citrus and floral undertones will make this drink a hit, no matter who you’re serving it to or what you’re serving it with.
When using lavender in recipes, I find it’s best to use fresh lavender (but you can easily use dried lavender for this recipe as well). Just remember; use lavender sparingly. Like rosemary, this highly fragrant herb doesn’t take much! Too much and your risk your recipe tasting like our Lavender soap (great for showers, not so great for beverages).
- 6 cups of water
- ½ cup of sugar
- ¼ cup of honey
- 3 tbsp of lavender (pull the flowers off the stem before measuring)
- 2 cups of fresh squeezed lemon juice
- Lemon slices and sprigs of lavender for garnish (optional)
Measuring cup, measuring spoons, juice squeezer (if you don’t want to do it by hand), pot, pitcher
Let’s do it!
- Combine water and sugar in a large pot over medium heat and bring to a boil under the sugar is dissolved.
- Turn off the heat and stir in honey and lavender.
- Allow your mixture to steep for 2 hours (1 hour if you want less of a lavender flavor), keeping the heat off.
- Strain the liquid, removing the lavender, and mix in your fresh squeezed lemon juice.
- Pour into a large pitcher, serve over ice with some lemon and lavender as garnish, and enjoy!