Today we mark the 100th birthday of American film great Orson Welles. Though known for his many contributions to the cinema and radio, Welles also gave one of the earliest mentions of the now famous cocktail, the Negroni
While working in Rome in 1947, Welles sent a message to the Coshocton Tribune describing the relatively new drink: “The bitters are excellent for your liver, the gin is bad for you. They balance each other.”
Later in life, Welles became renown for his massive appetite and weighed in to a maximum of 350 lbs. His standard meal rivalled that of Babe Ruth (who by the way, his his first home run 100 years ago today) consuming two large rare steaks and at least a pint of Scotch. One of his most infamous drinking binges was while filming the “sell no wine before its time” ad for Paul Masson California “champagne”. Having loaded up on the product prior to the shoot, Welles spoke with a slur and even fell asleep between takes.
But let’s remember Orson Welles and the Negroni, the drink he helped to promote (to some degree):
recipe adapted from Gary Regan and Liquor.com
- 1.5 oz Campari
- 1.5 oz Sweet vermouth
- 1.5 oz Gin
- Garnish: Orange twist
- Glass: Old Fashioned
Build in an Old Fashioned glass filled with ice. Stir briefly and garnish with an orange twist.