Negroni season is in full effect, and for the first time ever, a cavalcade of bars and bartenders from across the city are teaming up to celebrate the classic cocktail (which, for the uninitiated, is equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth). In honor of Negroni Week, which runs today through Sunday, a swath of the city's best bars, from Bourbon & Branch to Trick Dog to Elixir, will be donating $1 from the purchase of each Negroni to a charity of their choice (here's a full listing of all participating bars and their charities). In honor of a great drink and a great cause, we rounded up 15 of the best and most unusual Negroni variations going down this week. Mezcal negronis? Rum negronis? Negroni gumdrops, popcorn, tacos? They're all here.
And a side note: As you go on your Negroni-sipping travels, keep your eyes peeled for the Northern California Negroni Council, or the (nc)2, who'll be traveling around town in special red Members Only jackets so they can sample and award prizes to the best Negronis and best service around. Their membership includes many of the city's top bartenders, from Smokestack, Ramen Shop, Kin Khao, AQ, 15 Romolo, and more. Here is their manifesto.Read More