Campari, gin, vermouth and an orange for garnish: that’s the bittersweet Negroni cocktail that’s been a bar staple years. Thirsty yet? Welcome to Negroni Week, an international celebration that has raised nearly $1.5 million for charities since its inception in 2013. In Denver, from June 4–10, bars and restaurants around town will be serving up twists on this classic Italian cocktail and donating portions of their proceeds to charity. Here’s where to grab a cocktail:
2715 17th St.
Already ethically driven, Bamboo Sushi’s food is sustainably caught, humanely raised and naturally grown. And for this week, $1 from every Negroni purchase will go to the Surfrider Foundation, an advocacy group focused on protecting the ocean and beaches. Look for nigiri pairings to complement the Negroni offers, or try the Bamboo Negroni (Saint George Terroir gin, Campari, cappelletti, pisco, interrobang vermouth, rose water, smoked lemongrass ice cube and candied lemongrass stalk) with the scallop yakumi (which comes with lemongrass-scented smoked saikyo miso and candied lemon).
2227 W. 32nd Ave.
This cozy, neighborhood Italian restaurant is offering three styles of Negroni: Classic ($12), White with Luxardo Bitter Bianco instead of Campari ($12), and In the Barrell ($13), which comes with Bols barrel-aged Genever, Galliano aperitif and vermouth. Bar Dough’s charity of choice for Negroni Week is Slow Food, an organization that advocates for cultivating food that is “good, clean and fair.”
Coohills Restaurant and Bar
1400 Wewatta St.
At LoDo’s Coohills, you’ll find the classic Negroni cocktail; donations will be made to Core, an organization that offers support to children whose parents are in the food and beverage industry and dealing with life-altering circumstances.
Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox
1215 20th St.
For Negroni week, this hot-spot known for its food and music is sticking with the classic recipe with a twist. The cocktail will feature Juniper Jones gin from the local distillery The Family Jones. Added bonus: With the purchase of a Negroni you’ll receive a punch card for other participating locations (Root Down, Linger and El Five). When you use the card, your fifth Negroni is free. Donations will be made to No Kid Hungry, an organization that helps kids get access to meal programs.
Ace Eat Serve
501 E. 17th St.
Add a touch of summer to your Negroni at ACE with a mouth-watering Negroni slushie, perfect for cooling off after an invigorating ping-pong match. The Colorado Water Trust, whose mission is “to restore flows to Colorado’s rivers in need,” is Ace’s charity of choice.
711 Grant St.
Golden Moon gin, Dolin Blanc, Campari and blueberry syrup, with a flamed lemon and chartreuse soaked blueberry flag: That’s the flavor-bursting Negroni French 75 is offering this week. Bonus: $1 from every Negroni drink purchase will go to Water for People, an international nonprofit working to bring safe water to nine countries in need.
Find more Denver Negroni Week participants here.