I love cocktails. I don’t know about you all, but as I’m getting older, I’m finding more pleasure in a well-mixed drink than throwing back house wines. On the back of last month’s Negroni week, I’ve tried some lovely takes on the classic. The Negroni was first mixed in Italy in 1919. A man named Count Camillo Negroni had obviously had a week like mine, and so asked his bartender to give his Americano an extra kick. The soda was swapped out for gin, and the Negroni was born. Thanks man. Bitter, sweet and served in a lowball, this is the perfect winter cocktail. Here’s where you can find the best in Newcastle.
Basement on Market Street
A stylish small bar featuring an exposed brick interior and a cosy, dark atmosphere. Basement offers a fresh twist on the Negroni, using pomegranate tea-infused gin and Dolin Sweet Vermouth. Sweet, bold and beautifully presented, this is a deliciously inspired creation.
Coal and Cedar
Text the secret code ‘Knob Creek’ to enter the mysterious Hunter Street speakeasy, a tip of the hat to the prohibition, crowned 2016 Regional Bar of the Year. There’s a reason for that. Their take on the Negroni is classic, smooth and mixed from the finest. Coal and Cedar do Camillo proud.