Is there a more perfect cocktail than an icy cold Negroni, straight up? One part gin, one part Campari, one part sweet vermouth, it was invented in 1919 by a bartender in Florence at the Caffè Casoni for Count Camillo Negroni, who requested that gin be added to the popular aperitif, the Americano. Truly pro-y bartenders will hold the orange twist over the cocktail, and light a match beneath the twist for just a second, which briefly—very briefly—ignites the orange peel and releases oils into the cocktail. Sublime. I need to work on my technique, because when it works, it’s pure cocktail magic.