Cocktail masterclasses to mark 100 years of the Negroni

45 Park Lane shares its mixology secrets at a series of special evenings celebrating the centenary of the classic cocktail

Bar 45’s interactive Negroni masterclasses will explore the origins of the cocktail
Bar 45’s interactive Negroni masterclasses will explore the origins of the cocktail

Known for its knockout Negronis, Bar 45 at the Dorchester Collection’s 45 Park Lane will debut a series of masterclasses from February 21 celebrating the centenary of the classic cocktail, which is said to have been invented at Caffe Casoni Florence in 1919 when one of its patrons, Count Camillo Negroni, asked the bartender to replace the soda water in his Americano with gin.

Campari, gin and vermouth: the classic Negroni’s three ingredients
Campari, gin and vermouth: the classic Negroni’s three ingredients

Bar 45’s manager, Francesco Orefici, will lead the interactive classes (limited to 12 and priced at £125 per person), exploring the origins of the iconic aperitivo, while sharpening participants’ mixology skills as a Campari expert reveals the recipe and method of the Negroni – a blend of Campari, gin and vermouth. Each of the evenings will feature unique takes on the classic, vintage and Bar 45’s seasonal Negronis.

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Canapés created by executive chef David McIntyre can also be savoured at the events – each designed to pair perfectly with the flavours and aromas of the cocktail creations.

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