While the drink's origins are unknown, the most widely reported account is that it was invented in Florence in 1919 at Caffè Casoni. Count Camillo Negroni invented it by asking the bartender, Fosco Scarselli, to strengthen his favorite cocktail, the Americano, by adding gin rather than the normal soda water. The bartender also added an orange garnish rather than the typical lemon garnish of the Americano to signify that it was a different drink.
Add all ingredients into cocktail shaker filled with ice. Stir over ice, strain into a chilled old-fashioned heavy glass, garnish with orange wheel and serve.
Last updated: October 12, 2010