Austin Austin's celebrating Negroni Week, when bars all over the country are stirring up some philanthropy along with the classic cocktail in order to benefit the charity of their choice. Although a Negroni is typically a 1-1-1 balance of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth, these local cocktail gurus are creating their own versions (including one with ice cream!). Here are our picks for the creations you should make a point to check out.
Your guide to Negroni Week
Upscale BBQ joint Freedmen's will feature a classic Negroni made with Aviation gin AND… ice cream! That's right, Negroni ice cream -- also made with Aviation gin -- will be available Thursday-Saturday. These treats will benefit Glimmer of Hope (we hope we get some of that scream). Continue Reading
Searsucker will feature a barrel-aged "rum-gronie" with El Dorado rum, Campari, and Dolin sweet vermouth. It will be aged for two months in a 15L virgin charred-oak barrel. The drink will benefit Austin Pets Alive. WOOF.
East Side Showroom
The friendly staff of ESSR will be serving up a mezcal Negroni made with Del Maguey Vida, Cocchi Americano Rosa, Campari, and a grapefruit twist. Their drink ALSO benefits Austin Pets Alive.
W Austin is featuring several Negroni-esque cocktails in its Living Room bars, including the Portuguese Negroni made with Plymouth gin, Campari, 20-year-old Tawny Port, and an orange twist. The drinks will benefit the Young Chamber of Commerce. Youth!
For Negroni Week they will be offering The Coqueta, a softer, lighter take on the traditional bitter Negroni. The recipe includes No. 3 gin, Aperol, sweet vermouth, Prosecco, and a bruleed orange slice. The drink will benefit PAWS Austin.
This is not your average barbecue joint. Freedman's has a patio and outdoor beer garden that offers a variety of brews on tap as well as a retro soda shop-inspired cocktail list. If you're not a fan of the throwbacks, the $3 tacos, tamales and whiskey of the month happy hour should entice you. Check out this vintage-y, saloon style spot near UT for rollicking night out on the town.
A steakhouse from San Diego's Chef Brian Malarkey (of Top Chef and The Taste), Searsucker'll have you sucking on bone marrow and gnawing on Tomahawk ribeyes.
A vintage-style, pre-WWII era bar with a European feel, classic 'tails, and a butt-kickin' blue cheese burger.
Just a few blocks from the mansion where another famous W rested his head as governor, the W's Austin branch has helped define the downtown 2nd St District, serving as a magnet for more youthful out-of-towners. Their WET Bar offers poolside sips and its Living Room Bar and TRACE has a menu that is updated frequently with new cocktails.
The husband/wife Boston expats behind Bonneville are dishing serious eats and twists on classic cocktails in a succulent-festooned, whitewashed brick space that's so lakeside, it's worth a fantastic voyage.