A Week’s Worth of Negronis

Negroni Week returns Monday, June 5th through Sunday, June 11th for its fifth year running. Restaurants are mixing up classic and creative versions of the beloved beverage throughout the week and donating the proceeds to a charity of their choice. Hosted by Campari and Imbibe Magazine, Negroni Week is happening around the world (seriously, you can drink a Negroni for a cause at Bar Rouge in Switzerland, Bruna in Argentina or Zafran in Hong Kong) or, if you’re local, you can join in on the fun at any of the area spots below. This is just a smattering of the participating spots so be sure to consult the official website  for the full list.

Coppa – Coppa gets creative, offering four variations of the cocktail. The Sbaglatio Negroni, for example, incorporates citrus and bubbles with Prosecco, Cinzano Rosso, Campari and orange. All proceeds help fund Lovin’ Spoonfuls, a local non-profit that distributes food which would otherwise go to waste, in an effort to eliminate hunger.

Pagu – The Central Square spot offers plenty of variety with three international variations (Spanish, Italian and Japanese) of the favored cocktail. They’re supporting PAWs, an organization dedicated to rehabilitating wildlife, cats and dogs (which is fitting since pagu means pug in Japanese).

Sycamore – Sip for a great cause (Lovin’ Spoonfuls) at Sycamore all throughout the week. They’re adding a spicy kick to the regular Negroni, combining Ancho Reyes and fresh lime to make “El Negroni”. They’re also mixing up the Backyard 1794, a Boulevardier variation with rye, Campari, walnut and pecan bitters.

Toro – Toro keeps folks on their toes in true “The Bachelor” fashion in honor of Negroni Week. Each day, a different bartender is showcasing their unique take on the Negroni and doing a little mini Q&A so guests can get to know them and their drink. Proceeds of the fun-filled week will benefit local non-profit, Lovin’ Spoonfuls.

Ward 8 – Ward 8 offers the best of both worlds, serving both the Classic Negroni and their amped-up version, Healthy Scratch, made with Cognac, Campari, Bianco vermouth, a pinch of salt and lemon peel. Every purchase will benefit SHARE Cancer Support, an organization that provides a supportive community for women affected by breast and ovarian cancers, with the mission of improving healthcare, quality of life and finding a cure.

Area Four – At their Boston location, Area Four keeps things simple and refined with the Classic Negroni made from equal parts gin, vermouth and Campari. Proceeds benefit Lovin’ Spoonfuls food rescue work in Boston.

Benedetto – Benedetto adds a refreshing feel to the week with their Chalkboard Negroni #2 made with Privateer Gin, Campari, Caprano Bianco, lavender bitters and an orange twist. Each drink sold helps benefit No Kid Hungry, a non-profit dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America.

En Boca – En Boca keeps it timeless with the Classic Negroni boasting gin, Campari and vermouth. They’re offering the delicious drink all week long to help Lovin’ Spoonfuls combat hunger locally.

NEBO – NEBO Cucina & Enoteca  puts a British spin on the week with The Nebroni, featuring barrel-aged Sipsmith V.J.O.P gin (from England), Campari and Carpano Antica, finished with a twist of lemon. Proceeds from the drink benefit the James Beard Foundation, which aims to empower chefs and culinary leaders while improving America’s food culture.

Tapestry – Tapestry is set for Negroni Week, with their Club Room Negroni, a staple on their year-round cocktail list. The drink incorporates Plantation 3-Stars, Campari, Dolin Dry Vermouth and passion fruit. They’re working on three other versions of the cocktail to add to the special week, featuring seasonal flavors like lemon infused gin and house rhubarb vermouth. Proceeds will benefit the WILD Foundation, which aims to protect wilderness while meeting the needs of human communities.

Franklin – The Franklin Cafe presents three cocktails for the week, the Classic Negroni, the Classic Boulevardier and their special twist the Mezcal Negroni, all featuring Campari. Every drink sold benefits Lovin’ Spoonfuls hunger relief mission.

Noir – Noir features their signature Namesake Negroni, a perfectly bitter and refreshing combination of Greenhook Old Tom Gin, Cappalletti Aperitivo and Alessio Vermouth di Torino. They’re also serving the Mida Sbagliato, their lighter touch on the traditional Negroni, made with Kina l’Aero d’Or, Amaro Nonino and topped off with sparkling rose. Every drink purchased will help Lovin’ Spoonfuls fight to end hunger.

Lincoln Tavern – Well-loved South Boston restaurant and watering hole, Lincoln Tavern puts a lovely little local twist on their Negroni Week submission. The Frosted Negroni makes the most of strawberry season by combining Hendrick’s gin, house sweet vermouth, Campari and strawberry simple syrup. The concoction comes over crushed ice in a frosted double old-fashioned glass – garnished with a strawberry, of course. And it’s all in the name of Lovin’ Spoonfuls.

La Brasa – Chef-owner Daniel Bojorquez and  the bar team at Somerville standout La Brasa will have Negronis on tap throughout the week. A portion of the proceeds from each one they pour will be donated to Lovin’ Spoonfuls. They’re also throwing a late night pizza party for fellow Negroni enthusiasts and pizza lovers on Friday, June 9th from 11:00pm-1:00am.

Citizen Public House – The drink-making pros at Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar give their cocktail list mainstay a cognac twist for the occasion of Negroni Week. Belly up to the bar at the Fenway spot to give it a try and you’ll be supporting BAGLY, a youth-led, adult-supported support organization for young members of the GLBT community.

Grafton Group – All of the six Grafton Group restaurants will be serving the refreshing Sobremesa for Negroni Week. That means you can head to Grafton Street, Temple Bar, The Hourly Oyster House, PARK, Russell House Tavern or State Street Provisions to try the unique cocktail, which combines rhubarb-infused gin, Cocchi Dopo Amaro vermouth, Campari and a rhubarb twist. Play your cards right and snag a seat on the patio to sip away for a good cause – a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Lovin’ Spoonfuls.

Tiger Mama – The flavors of Southeast Asia and Italy collide in Fenway this Negroni Week. The bar team at Tiger Mama has crafted their specialty cocktail, the Maharani, from Citadelle gin, Dolin Blanc, Campari, jasmine oleo saccharum and tiger bitters. Swing by to try one and you’ll be drinking well and doing good: Lovin’ Spoonfuls is Tiger Mama’s chosen charitable partner.

Painted Burro – The folks at Painted Burro have been waiting patiently for their Breakin’ Borders Negroni to reach maturity. Aged in Campari barrels for 120 days, the cocktail combines La Puerta Negra Reposado Tequila, Chipotle Campari, Carpano Bianco, Sweet Vermouth with a Bombay Sapphire rinse – well worth the wait. Head to Davis Sq. to try it and No Kid Hungry will reap the rewards.

Posto – Somerville’s Posto has two options for you this Negroni Week – the Negroni Spritz (Short Path “Summer” Gin, Carpano Bianco Vermouth, Campari and Prosecco) and the barrel aged Negroni Rosato  (Gin Lane “Victoria” Pink Gin, Housemade Rosé Vermouth and Campari, aged in Campari barrels for 60 days. Whichever one you choose (you really can’t go wrong with either) No Kid Hungry wins.

Rosebud – Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar gets in on boozy benefit with both the Cupid Deluxe and the Barrel Aged White Negroni. The former features New Amsterdam Gin, house-made blood orange-infused Cocchi Americano, Campari and Amontillado Sherry while the latter includes New Amsterdam Gin, Dolin Blanc and Cocchi Americano (aged in Campari barrels for 52 days). Pop in to try one (or both) and No Kid Hungry will benefit from your generosity.

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