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Friday, May 31, 2013

Negroni Week Spotlight: Trevor Easter

When the “International Man of Mixtery” (and West Coat brand ambassador for Plymouth and Beefeater gins), aka Trevor Easter, first got wind of Negroni Week, he started a chain reaction of enthusiasm that would grow to include some of the country’s best bartenders, encouraging them to join the efforts and offering assistance in any way he could (he even stepped behind the bar at Eveleigh in Los Angeles to mix up Negronis this past Monday and will stir things up for charity at the Negroni Social in Portland on June 3). Here, Easter gives us a quick peek into his personal Negroni style.

My first Negroni was ... shaken, because I didn't know any better.

In a word, the Negroni is ... supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. [Editor’s Note: Trevor gave us this response before he’d seen Jonny Raglin’s uncannily similar reply from the day before—you know what they say about great minds … and great cocktails!]

I take my Negroni ... Alcatraz-style, (in a Sean Connery voice) on the rock.

I most love the Negroni because ... it's a perfect example of how less is more. 

My favorite Negroni variation is ... the Salted Negroni—basically a standard Negroni with a pinch of salt and a quarter less Campari.

Salted Negroni
1 oz. gin (Easter uses Beefeater 24)
1 oz. sweet vermouth
3/4 oz. Campari
Pinch of salt
Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer
Glass: rocks
Garnish: grapefruit twist

Combine all ingredients and stir with ice. Strain over a large ice cube and garnish.

Drink of the Week: The Negroni

Photo: Stuart Mullenberg
Today’s Drink of the Week needs no introduction. Born in Italy, but beloved the world over, the Negroni combines a seemingly simple mix of gin, Campari and sweet vermouth into what’s become one of the most iconic cocktails of the past century. First mixed in 1919 at the request of Count Negroni at Caffe Rivoire in Florence, today its inspiration reaches far beyond the cocktail glass. So much so, that we’ve named May 27-June 3 Negroni Week, encouraging bars across the country to mix up their favorite variations while raising money for charities coast to coast. With more than 100 bars participating and Negronis being stirred up for charity from California to New York to as far away as Germany (click here to see the full list of participants), today we raise a glass not only to the cocktail that has inspired countless communities of imbibers, but to everyone who has helped make Negroni Week such a success!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Negroni Week Spotlight: Jonny Raglin

Photo: Liza Gershman
You can take the boy out of Oklahoma, but you’ll never take the Oklahoma out of Jonny Raglin. Born and raised in The Sooner State, the recent tornados hit close to home for Raglin, the bar owner behind San Francisco’s Comstock Saloon, even though his address is now more than 1,500 miles away. So Raglin rallied two-dozen other Bay Area locales to join in Negroni Week’s charitable efforts and raise money for the Oklahoma Chapter of the Red Cross. On the heels of a hugely successful Negroni Happy Hour at Comstock (they raised more than $1,000 on Monday alone) and gearing up for the honky tonk-themed Negroni fundraiser at Local Edition on Sunday, June 2 (click here for tickets), Raglin chatted with us about his first proper Negroni, his favorite variation and the one word he’d use to describe the drink.

My first Negroni was ... in Oklahoma City. It was heavy on the gin and pretty bitter for my fledgling palate. The first proper Negroni I had (the one that made me fall in love with the drink) was at the Dukes Hotel in London—we craft ours at Comstock after that.

In a word, the Negroni is ... "Supercalabitterlusciouscandiedaladoshus." Because "equal parts genius" is three words.

My favorite Negroni variation is ... the Old Pal with equal parts rye whiskey, dry vermouth and Campari.

I most love the Negroni because ... it’s raising money for my folks back in Oklahoma. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

It's Negroni Week!

Welcome to Imbibe’s Negroni Week! From May 27-June 3, bars across the country (and some around the world) are mixing up their favorite Negroni variations and donating $1 from each one sold to a charity of their choice. There are close to 100 bars across the U.S. participating, so if you live near any of them, be sure to swing by to enjoy a great cocktail for a great cause. And we’ll be adding to this list as we receive information from new bars, so check back for updates and follow along @imbibe #negroniweek. And if you'd like to be included on our list, email us at imbibe@imbibemagazine.com with your bar name, address and what charity you'll be donating to, and we'll be happy to add you.

Atlanta, GA
280 Elizabeth St. NE, Ste. A-111
Donating to the Giving Kitchen

The Pinewood (Decatur)
254 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Donating to Atlanta Community Food Bank

Berkeley, CA
2115 San Pablo Ave.

2286 Shattuck Ave.
Donating to Berkeley Food Pantry

Bloomington, IN
825 North Walnut St.
Donating to Middle Way House

Boston, MA
1310 Boylston St.
Donating to TheOne Fund

Sorriso Trattoria
107 South St.
Donating to The One Fund

Brooklyn, NY
Huckleberry Bar
588 Grand St.
Donating to The Fresh Air Fund

Maison Premiere
298 Bedford Ave.
Donating to Charity Water

Chicago, IL
116 North Green St.

2118 N Damen Ave.
1747 N. Damen Ave.
Donating to Greater Chicago FoodDepository         

Dallas, TX
1326 South Lamar St.

4513 Travis St.
Donating to Red Cross for Oklahoma Tornado Relief

Emeryville, CA
1411 Powell St.

Houston, TX                                                                        
1010 Banks St.
Donating to Legacy Clinic                                           
Goro & Gun                                                                   
306 Main St.
Donating to Legacy Clinic

Kansas City, MO
The Kill Devil Club
31 E. 14th St.
Donating to Red Cross for Oklahoma Tornado Relief

The Rieger
1924 Main St.
Donating to Red Cross for Oklahoma Tornado Relief
Los Angeles, CA
118 E 6th St.

8422 Third St.

6356 Hollywood Blvd.
Donating to KIPP Los Angeles
*Thursday - Sunday

Hostaria del Piccolo
606 Broadway in Santa Monica
512 Rose Ave. in Venice 
Donating to Breath LA

Kendall’s Brasserie and Bar
135 N. Grand Ave.
Donating to the PATH Foundation
1600 Wilcox Ave.
Donating to Share Our Strength

5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Donating to PATH Foundation

Riveria Restaurant
1050 S. Flower St. 
Donating to Museum Tamal

Son of a Gun                                                                 
8370 West 3rd St.
9575 West Pico Blvd.
Donating to GettLove

The Spare Room                                                          
7000 Hollywood Blvd.
Donating to Baby2Baby

Louisville, KY
St Charles Exchange                                                   
113 S. 7th St.
Donating to Red Cross for Oklahoma Tornado Relief      

Minneapolis, MN
Pat's Tap
3510 Nicollet Ave.
Donating to Second Harvest Heartland

Mobile, AL
451 Dauphin St.

New York, NY
113 St. Marks Place
Donating to the American Red Cross

Amor y Amargo                                                                    
443 East 6th St.
Donating to the Barman's Fund

Oakland, CA
355 19th St.
Donating to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Hawker Fare                                    
2300 Webster St.
Phoenix, AZ
3603 E Indian School Rd., Ste. B     
Donating to C-CAP AZ

Pittsburgh, PA
2108 East Carson St.
Donating to True Companion Rescue        

Portland, OR
Unless otherwise specified, all Portland bars and restaurants are donating to Outside In.

Aalto Lounge                    
3356 SE Belmont St.

250 NW 13th Ave.

1987 NW Kearney St.

1001 SW Water Ave.
306 NW Broadway
500 NW Davis St.

Dig A Pony                        
736 SE Grand Ave.

711 NE Dekum St.           

1215 SW Alder St.

410 SW Broadway
701 NW 13th Ave.

900 NW 11th Ave.

1215 SW Alder St.

East: 1212 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
West: 1205 SW Washington St.

Laurelhurst Market         
3155 E Burnside St.

1139 NW 11th Ave.

1401 SE Morrison

Oven & Shaker                 
1205 NW Everett St.

1205 SW Washington St.

Raven & Rose                   
1331 SW Broadway

Riffle NW                          
333 NW Flanders St.

3113 SE Division St.

4605 NE Fremont

2039 SE Clinton St.

3113 SE Division St.

Richmond, VA
2601 West Cary St.
Donating to Red Cross for Oklahoma Tornado Relief      

1301 W Leigh St.
Donating to Angel Dogs, Inc

416 E. Grace St.

San Antonio, TX
516 Brooklyn Ave.
Donating to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

San Diego, CA
4696 30th St.

San Francisco, CA
Unless otherwise specified, bars and restaurants are donating to the Oklahoma Chapter of the RedCross.

5356 College Ave.

398 Hayes St.

679 3rd St.

1725 Haight St.

1085 Mission St.

355 11th St., #100

1199 Valencia St

2124 Market St.

1145 Folsom St.

501 Jones St.

Burritt Room
417 Stockton St.

580 Sutter St.

198 Church St.

155 Columbus Ave.

Derby Cocktail Co.
Fort Mason Off The Grid Market

3200 16th St.

12 4th St.
Donating to The One Fund

691 Market St.

2518 Mission St.

3176 17th St.

760 2nd St.

Park Tavern 
1652 Stockton St.

6702 Hollis St.

Redwood Room at CLIFT

495 Geary St.

246 Kearny St.

80 29th St.

15 Romolo Place

688 Geary St.

Slanted Door
1 Sausalito - San Francisco Ferry Bldg., #3

441 Jones St.

3010 20th St.

Sausalito, CA
Poggio Trattoria                                 
777 Bridgeway
Donating to Spaulding Wooden Boat Center        

Seal Beach, CA
320 Main St.
Donating to Intrepid Fallen Heros Fund   

Seattle, WA                                          
Liberty Bar
517 15th Ave. E.
Donating to Country Doctor Community Clinic

Rob Roy
2332 2nd Ave.
Donating to Seattle Animal Shelter      

Toronto, ON 
31 Bay St.
Donating to SickKid Hospital

Karlsruhe, Germany
Hirschstraße 17
Donating to the diaconal work of Karlsruhe