An iconic Italian cocktail is hitting the bar at Motor Supply for one week during Imbibe Magazine + Campari’s fifth annual Negroni Week. A week centered around this classic cocktail all started in an effort to raise money for charitable causes around the world.
Since its launch in 2013, Negroni Week has spread to over 7,000 bars and restaurants and has raised nearly $1.5 million dollars for charities worldwide.
From June 5-10 Head Barman Josh Streetman will be whipping up three unique Negroni specials with proceeds from each Negroni sale benefitting a local charity that our team is especially passionate for, Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands.
What is a Negroni, you may ask? The ruby red cocktail consists of three ingredients — Campari, gin and vermouth — generally poured in equal parts over ice and garnished with an orange peel.
Josh is crafting three different variations of the cocktail with hopes that anyone can find a suiter, even first-time Negroni sippers. The barrel-aged Negroni, Strawberry in Silver and Sour Mash “Kool-Aid” are sure to be a hit and will be available during Negroni Week only [June5-10].
Charred orange garnish
“This cocktail is smoother than your typical Negroni due to the barrel-aging process,” said Josh. “We have used the same barrel for aging Negronis over the past few years.”
The barrel-aged Negroni is the most traditional of Josh’s three Negroni Week specials. The smooth and balanced cocktail makes for an easy sipper over dinner or alongside a cheeseboard.
Strawberry in Silver
Suze infused with local strawberries
Orange peel garnish
“The sweetness of the strawberries cuts away from some of the typical bitter flavors you get in a Negroni,” said Josh. “This will be a great choice for anyone who’s trying a Negroni for the first time.”
The Strawberry in Silver is a white Negroni which gets its color entirely from the strawberry-infused Suze [a French liqueur made from gentian root]. In an on-going effort to incorporate local ingredients into the cocktail program, Josh is using strawberries from Lever Farms in Pomaria, S.C.
Sour Mash “Kool-Aid”
Dickel 12-year whiskey
Lemon peel garnish
“We aged the Sour Mash “Kool-Aid” in the same barrel that we made house-kahlúa, which gives it a hint of coffee on the finish,” said Josh.
The whiskey + coffee flavor make this Negroni a great option for those looking to finish their meal on a boozy note. Try sipping the Sour Mash “Kool-Aid” with a light dessert or on the patio — the bright red color contrasted with the yellow lemon peel make this cocktail extra Instagram-able.
Make your Negroni Week reservations here and share your Negroni pics by tagging Motor Supply on social media or using #MotorSupply and #NegroniWeek. We appreciate your support in raising funds for Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands and hope to see you June 5-10.