The Negroni has become the most fashionable of cocktails, and for those wishing to master the art of mixing it, chef Theo Randall’s restaurant at the InterContinental London Park Lane has just launched a masterclass series, which will take place on Thursday July 11, July 25, August 15 and September 12.
Guests (in intimate groups of six to eight, priced £49 per person) will meet at the bar, where they will be guided through three Negroni recipes – the Classico, Sbagliato and Randall’s iconic Negronificio – as they enjoy classic Italian cicchetti such as zucchini fritti, bruschetta mozzarella, focaccia, ravioli and risotto. The class will also create its own bespoke cocktail by blending a personal choice of gins, vermouths and bitters. Once satisfied with their signature Negroni, each honorary mixologist will receive a personalised card with the recipe for their cocktail, and Randall’s team will store this for them so the libation can be ordered on their next visit to the restaurant.
“I just love the simplicity of a Negroni – it really is a case of ‘less is more’ with this cocktail,” Randall says. “Combining three ingredients to craft the perfect drink makes the most of a bartender’s knowledge. There are so many variations, which is probably why the drink is so popular with chefs.”