Negroni Week // June 4th to 10th
posted on Jun 05, 2018 // Return To Blog
Q&A with Lead Bartender Antonio Orozco
1. How many years has Florent participated in Negroni Week?
a. I believe this will be our 4th year participating, and my first year taking part in the contest outside of work.
2. What’s your go to Negroni Inspired Cocktail?
a. I enjoy many variations, but a Negroni, to me, is a type of ‘moment’ cocktail. Like when you enjoy a nice Negroni at dinner, or after a long day at work. Don’t get me wrong, I love to mix it up with the recipes, but the original Negroni has a special place in my heart.
3. Is there an at home recipe you’d like to share?
a. I really love Old Grove gin when I make my Negroni. I think the tasting notes of the gin pair wonderfully with Campari and sweet vermouth. On top of that they are distilling in San Diego…and what’s better than a home-town business?
4. Do you remember the first place you had a Negroni Cocktail?
a. I have enjoyed a Negroni in Italy while eating the best food I have ever had.
5. For those that don’t know, what is a Negroni cocktail? And what makes it unique?
a. You would take equal parts 1oz. gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth, add all ingredients to a nicely polished rocks glass. Place a nice piece of block ice in the center, and give it a healthy stir. Negronis are like babies…you DON’T SHAKE THEM. Roll an orange between your hands a couple times, wash it off, and take a nice peel to express over the cocktail before dropping it in. The history of this cocktail makes it unique to me.
6. What charity is Florent supporting this year for Negroni Week?
a. We will be supporting the Colorado Water Trust! These guys are awesome have have cleaned up and restored waterways that are responsible for about 55-65 of our total water supply.
b. “The Water Trust has helped to restore approximately 9,085,751,695 gallons of water (27,883 acre-feet) to 316 miles of streams and rivers in Colorado.”
c. This is a great cause simply because CA needs water. We have reached multiple water crisis in the past, and helping out where our sources are will create an impact.
7. What days can we find you behind the bar at Florent?
a. You can find me behind the bar Thursday thru Saturday! I would love to invite everyone in for one to try, but if you can’t make Thursday- Saturday; fear not! Any of my fellow bartenders are more than capable of mixing you up one of these delicious beauties.