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Negroni Week 2022, Starring Coopers’ Craft Bourbon

Imbibe’s tenth annual Negroni Week is coming up soon (Monday, September 12 through Sunday, September 18) — To celebrate, we’ve rounded up information and recipes from the Official Bourbon of Negroni Week, Coopers’ Craft Bourbon, and a bevy of unique and classic on-premise libations from top bartenders across the country, including innovative Negronis from the Philadelphia-based Rex at The Royal and Art in the Age, as well as Seattle hot spots Boat BarLiberty Bar, and Stella — whose low- and no-gronis highlight The Pathfinder Hemp and Root.

Read on to learn about Negroni Weeks’s roots, charitable alignment, and where to get your hands on one!

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COOPERS’ CRAFT: THE OFFICIAL BOURBON OF NEGRONI WEEK

For the first time ever, Coopers’ Craft Kentucky Straight Bourbon will join forces with Campari and Imbibe for Negroni Week, 2022 as the Official Bourbon of Negroni Week. Introduced in 2016 as Brown-Forman’s newest bourbon brand in 20 years, Coopers’ Craft expanded in 2019 with the introduction of Coopers’ Craft 100-proof Barrel Reserve, which presents perfectly in a Boulevardier – the bourbon drinker’s negroni. This year marks the 95th anniversary of the Boulevardier first appearing in Harry’s 1927 bar guide, Barflies and Cocktails.

Taking place in bars and restaurants from September 12 through September 18, this year’s Negroni Week will bring together venues around the world to raise money for a range of charitable causes, bringing Negroni Week’s fundraising total to over $3 million to date. In Coopers’ Craft’s inaugural year as the official bourbon sponsor of Negroni Week, they have donated $5,000 to Slow Food, which has been chosen as the official Negroni Week giving partner. Slow Food has a global footprint, with chapters and initiatives in countries and cities all over the world, and most fittingly, it is an organization with roots in Italy, the birthplace of the Negroni.

Honoring the men and women who raise the barrels, Coopers’ Craft celebrates the company’s more than 70 years of barrel-making and wood expertise as the only major distiller that owns its own new barrel cooperage. Both bourbons begin with the same spirit but are aged using different wood techniques from the barrel resulting in final products with distinctively different flavor profiles – ranging from light and gentle to bold and robust.

In celebration of the bourbon’s accolade, Coopers’ Craft recently hosted a Boulevardier Master Class, hosted by Coopers’ Craft Mixologist,Fitz Bailey, at New York City’s chic Midtown Pebble Bar. The event, equal parts history lesson, workshop, and guided tasting experience, included a presentation on the Boulevardier’s conception and a step-by-step Boulevardier crafting demonstration by Bailey, where attendees stirred and sipped their way through their own hand-made Boulevardiers.

See the below recipes, all courtesy of Fitz Bailey, Coopers’ Craft Mixologist, for at-home sipping and mixing inspiration!

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Boulevardier  
Courtesy of Fitz Bailey, Coopers’ Craft Mixologist
PHOTO courtesy of Domenic Episcopo
Ingredients: 
·       1.5 oz. Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve 100 Proof Bourbon
·       1 oz. Campari  
·       1 oz. Sweet Vermouth  
Glassware: Rocks Glass or coupe 
Garnish: Orange Peel  
Instructions: Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice. Stir for 15 seconds and strain into a glass. Garnish with an orange twist. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Golden Boulevardier  
Courtesy of Fitz Bailey, Coopers’ Craft Mixologist
PHOTO courtesy of Domenic Episcopo
Ingredients:  
·       1.5 oz. Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve  
·       1 oz. Lillet Blanc  
·       1 oz. Suze  
Glassware: Rocks Glass 
Garnish: Orange Peel  
Instructions: Stir with ice, strain, garnish and serve over the cube 
 
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Imperial Boulevardier
Courtesy of Fitz Bailey, Coopers’ Craft Mixologist
PHOTO courtesy of Domenic Episcopo
Ingredients
·       1 oz Coopers‘ Craft Barrel Reserve 
·       .5 oz Sweet Vermouth 
·       .5 oz Campari 
·       2 oz Apple Cider 
Glassware: Rocks Glass 
Garnish: Apple Slice 
Instructions: Put all ingredients into an ice-filled shaker, stir until chilled, pour into rocks glass with ice cube if desired and top with garnish. 
 
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Salty Smoked S’mores Boulevardier 
Courtesy of Fitz Bailey, Coopers’ Craft Mixologist
PHOTO courtesy of Domenic Episcopo
Ingredients:  
·       1.5 oz Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve Bourbon (100 Proof) 
·       1 oz Campari 
·       1 oz Sweet Vermouth 
·       .5 oz Creme de Cacao  
·       3 Dash Chocolate Bitters  
·       Pinch of Sea Salt 
Glassware: Rocks glass 
Garnish: Rim side of glass with melted chocolate, before it hardens, roll glass in powdered graham cracker. Garnish with speared smoked marshmallow  
Instructions: Stir all ingredients with ice. Light a marshmallow on fire, cover with rocks glass to extinguish and capture smoke. Strain cocktail into glass, garnish and serve immediately.
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WHERE TO ENJOY  A NEGRONI (OR LOW-/NO-GRONI) NATIONWIDE DURING NEGRONI WEEK

Rex at The RoyalPhiladelphia’s home for elevated Lowcountry fare housed in the historic and newly rejuvenated Royal Theater, and recently celebrated in Philadelphia Magazine’s list of 50 Best Restaurants and Best of Philly, will offer a Negroni Menu, courtesy of Beverage Manager Joshua Scheid (recently featured on Huffington Post as Rex at The Royal’s resident Negroni expert!). The menu boasts five variations on the classic, including a Boulevardier featuring the Official Bourbon of Negroni Week, Coopers’ Craft, that will also be offered in an exclusive Negroni Hour on Wednesday, September 14, where the cocktails will be paired with hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Executive Chef Aaron Paik. 

REX AT THE ROYAL NEGRONI MENU 
  • The Classic ($14) — Gin, Campari, Sweet Vermouth 
  • The Royal ($18) — Chicory-Infused Bluecoat Barrel Aged Gin, Forthave Red, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino 
  • Summer Child ($14) — Muddy River Spiced Carolina Rum, Gran Classico, Rainwater Madiera, House Orange Bitters 
  • Wear After Labor Day ($16) — Forthave Blue Gin, Letherbee Besk, Lo-Fi Sweet Vermouth 
  • Boulevardier ($15) — Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve, Campari, Sweet Vermouth 
  • After Dark — Peach and Strawberry Infused Gin, Becherovka, Sweet Vermouth — This libation is only available at the ticketed Negroni Night event at Rex at The Royal.
Rex at The Royal | 1524 South St. Philadelphia PA | 267.319.1366 | www.rexphl.com 
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Art in the Age, Philadelphia’s one-of-a-kind tasting room, home bar supply, and bottle shop, is serving up a Lavender Negroni perfect for sipping during Negroni Week and beyond. Among the last hot days of summer, imbibers can indulge in this variation on the Negroni that is bittersweet, floral, and spritzy — the perfect warm-weather drink to celebrate Negroni Week. 
  • Lavender Negroni ($14) — Snug Harbor Gin Infused with Plum & Lemongrass, Dolin Dry Vermouth, Campari, Lavender Lemon Balm Bitters, Tonic 
Art in the Age | 116 N. 3rd St. Philadelphia PA | 215.922.2600 | www.artintheage.com 

 

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Boat BarLiberty Bar, and Stella, all located in Seattle, offer non-alcoholic riffs on the Negroni that showcase The Pathfinder Hemp and Root, the hemp based, non-alcoholic spirit fermented and distilled to deliver the intense flavor and aromatic characteristics of a spirit with none of the harmful effects of alcoholic beverages.
Boat Bar 
  • Pathfinder Negroni ($14) Negroni with The Pathfinder Hemp and Root, Seedlip Garden, and Giffard Aperitif Syrup 
Liberty Bar 
  • N/Agroni ($16) — The Pathfinder Hemp and Root, Giffard Aperitif Syrup, honey, peach bitters, topped with tonic 
Stella 
  • Fae Elixir ($10) — “Booze Free Manhattan” — The Pathfinder Hemp and Root, Lyre’s American Malt Non-Alcoholic Whiskey, Giffard Aperitif Syrup 

ABOUT THE PATHFINDER HEMP and ROOT 
The Pathfinder Hemp and Root is a hemp based, non-alcoholic spirit, fermented and distilled to deliver the intense flavor and aromatic characteristics of a spirit with none of the harmful effects of alcoholic beverages. The Pathfinder is steeped in the rich history of the American West with a liquid that is just as wild as the landscape and the people that inhabited it. Inspired by the age of apothecaries and the homemade remedies often employed by pioneers’ homesteaders and snake oil salesmen alike, Hemp and Root equally hearkens to a bygone age as it raises the standard of flavor and quality in non-alcoholic spirits with an eye to the future.   

In drinks, The Pathfinder behaves like a spirit and can be served in coffee, sipped neat, served on the rocks, or used as the base of a cocktail. In other words, it fits right into the back bar of your favorite bar or cafe as well as it does your home bar cart.  
  • ABV: Zero Proof Spirit  
  • Bottle Size: 23.7 fl. oz. (700 ml)   
  • Flavor Profile/Tasting Notes: Bittersweet and gently tart, The Pathfinder Hemp and Root features foremost the distinctive flavor of hemp, balanced out with many of the common herbs, barks, and roots common in traditional amaros and gins. Root cellar aromas highlighted by dried herbs, gentle warming spice, bittersweet citrus, and pine, with a bracing finish.  

For more information, please visitwww.drinkthepathfinder.com, for inspiration on all things alchemy check out @drinkthepathfinder, and for press inquiries, please reach out: kylie@punchmedia.biz. 

 

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-Kira Cappello