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ZA ZA TA bar in Brisbane Persimmon Negroni. Ovolo Hotels

Celebrate Negroni Week and support a local charity

Considered one of the world’s most popular cocktails, the classic Negroni recipe is said to have been invented in 1919 at Caffè Casoni in Florence, Italy, when Count Camillo Negroni asked for an adapted version of the Americano, replacing soda water with gin.

Since 2013, Negroni Week has been declared as an annual celebration of the classic Negroni drink, presented by Imbibe Magazine and Campari, to raise money for various charities around the world. To date, participating Negroni Week venues have collectively raised nearly $3 million.

Alibi Kitchen and Bar Sydney, Negroni Cocktail, Ovolo Hotel
A Negroni cocktail at Alibi Bar & Kitchen Sydney, Ovolo Hotel. Image: Ovolo Hotels.

Negroni Week in 2020 will run from 14-20 September. In Australia, this year’s designated charity that Negroni Week will support is Help Out Hospo – a charity created to regularly assist Australia’s hospitality industry and its workers. The support will enable the charity to help even more hospitality workers and businesses heavily affected by the global Covid-19 pandemic.

As many bars are currently closed around the world due to restrictions, Negroni lovers are encouraged to make their own Negronis at home and head to the Negroni Week website to make a donation if they are unable to enjoy one at an open venue. See the classic Negroni recipe below.  

Alibi Bar & Kitchen at Ovolo Woolloomooloo in Sydney. Image: Ovolo Hotels
Alibi Bar & Kitchen at Ovolo Woolloomooloo in Sydney. Image: Ovolo Hotels
ZA ZA TA bar at Ovolo Brisbane Persimmon Negroni. Image: Ovolo Hotels
ZA ZA TA bar at Ovolo Brisbane Persimmon Negroni. Image: Ovolo Hotels

In Australia, three Ovolo Hotels will recognise Negroni Week throughout its bars at Alibi Bar & Kitchen (Sydney), Monster Kitchen & Bar (Canberra) and ZA ZA TA Bar & Kitchen (Brisbane). The hotel group has created an ‘Up in Smoke’ Negroni menu, serving six specialty Negroni drinks for AUD$18 each.

Ovolo Hotels will donate $1 from every ‘Up in Smoke’ Negroni purchased during Negroni Week to Help Out Hospo.

Negroni cocktail

1 OZ. Gin

1 OZ. Campari

1 OZ. Sweet vermouth


Mixing glass, barspoon, strainer


Orange twist


Cocktail or double rocks


Stir ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass (or ice-filled double rocks glass) and garnish.

Opening image: Persimmon  Negroni from Za Za Ta Brisbane. Image: Ovolo Hotels. 

As a child, I wrote short stories, poetry and daydreamed about visiting exotic destinations dressed like a 1960s film star. I was able to realise some of my dreams over my career spanning more than 20 years in Australian publishing, working as the editor of Luxury Travel magazine, Vacations & Travel magazine and as editor of several drinks magazines. As a freelance writer, I've scribed for The Australian newspaper, T Magazine Australia (The New York Times), Escape (The Daily Telegraph), Delicious, Travel + Leisure Asia, Wine Selector, Wine Companion, Holidays with Kids and more. I founded Vintage Travel Kat in 2020, inspired to share stories of vintage-related travel, fashion and lifestyle with a fellow vintage-vibe tribe.

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