Negroni Week 2021: Where To Drink The Iconic Cocktail In Hong Kong
The annual charity event, which runs until September 19, hopes to raise money for a number of charitable causes worldwide
Is there a more perfect cocktail? With just three ingredients, all in equal measure, the Negroni has somehow transcended its obscure origins to become the cocktail of our age, endlessly remixed around the world. It's only fitting that this vibrantly coloured drink is celebrated with a full week of celebrations each year, thanks to an international charity initiative started by Campari and Imbibe Magazine.
In 2021, Negroni Week's 7th edition fall between September 13 to 19, and Hong Kong's bars have risen to the occasion with special Campari-centric recipes and parties all in the name of charity. Expect any bar you walk into to have at least one special Negroni for the week: just some of the drinks on offer include Argo's Negroni flight, Club Rangoon's Laphet Negroni, Sugar's Char Siu Fan Negroni, The Old Man's Guava Negroni, and The Wise King's Olive Negroni.
Keep scrolling for our roundup of the larger Negroni Week events going on, and don't forget to check out our edit of the best places to imbibe this September.
To close out Negroni Week, The Diplomat will be toasting the bar industry on September 19 with the 'Night of a Thousand Negronis'. Dedicated first and foremost to the city's bartenders, the party will centre around a cocktail fountain that will serve mini Negroni cocktails from 6pm to 10pm for HK$25 per drink, with the goal of serving one thousand Negronis over the course of the night. Campari will provide the pizza to soak it all up, and no other cocktails will be served on the night so that the bar team can join in on the fun too.
Smoke & Barrel
Tuck into your Negroni with a side of smokehouse ribs at Smoke & Barrel's Negroni Week barbecue brunch on September 19 from 11.30am to 4pm. On this special day, the restaurant's signature three-course weekend brunch (HK$388 per person) will be elevated with barrel-aged Negronis galore, as part of an optional two-hour free-flow drinks package (HK$198) that also includes wines, house spirits and more. Daytime Negronis with delectable Southern-style barbecue—could we ask for more?
Smoke & Barrel, 1/F-2/F, Wyndham Mansion, 32 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2866 2120
Drew Chigorimbo, the new head mixologist at Grand Hyatt's Grissini, will be serving four Negroni variations over the course of this week, each of which takes inspiration from the favourite ingredients of the hotel's four top chefs. Executive chef Soren Lascelles' love for dill inspired the GH Negroni, which uses a base of dill-infused gin; while executive pastry chef Smita Grosse's Island Vibes Negroni sees the use of Barbera d’Alba red wine infused with discarded vanilla pods and orange peels.
Meanwhile, Grand Hyatt Steakhouse head chef Marc Benkoe's taste for oysters is realised in the Sea Negroni, a variation on the White Negroni that mixes gin, Suze and Campari with oaked Chardonnay that has been steeped with leftover oyster shells from his restaurant, fora combination of bitter, sweet and savoury notes. Finally, Grissini sous chef Valerio Mandile's The Italian combines gin, Antico Formula and Campari infused with his favourite herb of marjoram, lending a herbaceous note to the cocktail. At HK$135 each, part of the proceeds from each Negroni will be donated to the No Kid Hungry foundation.
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is pulling out all the stops this season with a series of new drink events. During the third week for September, the hotel’s beloved bars and restaurants, including Clipper Lounge, Café Causette, The Chinnery, Captain’s Bar, The Aubrey, Mandarin Grill + Bar, Man Wah, and The Mandarin Cake Shop will be offering variations of Negroni cocktails to celebrate one of the world’s greatest cocktails.
Part of the proceeds of the campaign will be donated to Water For People, a non-profit organisation that helps communities in rural parts of developing countries gain access to drinkable and potable water and sanitation facilities. What a great way to kickstart a new month by supporting a good cause while enjoying refreshing drinks.
Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2522 0111
The Daily Tot
In the wake of the crisis in Afghanistan, The Daily Tot has planned a full month of activations centred around the Negroni, with proceeds going towards The Women for Women International Foundation, an NGO which provides emergency support to displaced Afghan women.
On the menu is the Peated Mezcal Negroni and the zero-waste Banana Rum Negroni. Each Negroni is priced at HK$130, with HK$10 from each drink sale to be donated towards Women For Women initiative.
On September 29, The Daily Tot team will also band together with the minds at Sahara-themed bar Zzura, including the likes of bar manager Princebir Singh and Gagan Gurung of Tell Camellia, to serve a special negroni cocktail menu to close Negroni Month with a bang.
The Daily Tot, Shop E, LG/F, Felicity Building, 58 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Ping Pong 129
The Negroni undergoes careful dissection and reassembly at Ping Pong 129, whose special Negroni Week menu offers several variations created with Japanese cocktail bar Mizunara. Among them is a Boulevardier twist using The Hachi Shochu, a barrel-aged spirit from Kagoshima Prefecture, mixed with Cynar and Mancino Vermouth. Juju Gin, a craft expression from the same region, will also feature in the menu.
For the entire month, the bar will also host the 'Walking With Wheels' photography exhibition spotlighting the work of six Hong Kong photographers and one videographer.
Ping Pong 129, LG/F, Nam Cheong House, 129 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Hong Kong's offshoot of the famous Artesian Bar in London will be offering 12 different variations on the Negroni based on four different flavour profiles. In line with the charitable vein of Negroni Week, the bar will be donating HK$10 to Foodlink Foundation for every Negroni sold, to benefit those in need by redistributing surplus food from local restaurants that might otherwise go to waste.
The bar will also be hosting a Negroni masterclass with Campari on September 16, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Led by new beverage manager Stefane Levan and Campari brand ambassador Zoltan Konckzol, the workshop will lead attendees through the history of the drink before teaching them how to build four different Negronis each with differing flavour profiles. Book your place here.
Artesian, Lobby Level, The Langham, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong; +852 2132 7898