Presented by Campari, Negroni Week was launched in 2013 in the USA as a celebration of one of the world’s greatest cocktail efforts to raise money for charitable causes around the world. Growing from a mere 100 participating venues to more than 1,300 participating venues around the world and more than $120,000 raised for charities from 2013 to 2014, Negroni Week saw an escalation in participants in 2015, as more than 3,500 venues around the world mixed their favourite Negroni variations and raised over $320,000 for charitable causes.
Negroni Week was launched in Singapore for the first time last year, and local bars that took part included Manhattan, Bitters & Love, Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall, The Secret Mermaid, Cé La Vi, Tess Bar & Kitchen and The Black Swan.
Negroni Week 2016: 6 – 12 June 2016
This year Negroni Week in Singapore plans to be even bigger and better than past years, and are excited to involve more venues as Singapore takes its place as one of the cocktail capitals in Asia.
Participating bartenders are tasked to put any spin they wish to the classic Negroni drink, and some very interesting entries include a fat-washed Iberico concoction, a pineapple consommé which was slow-pressed for 3 hours, Citrus infused lollipops, Sloe gin, mezcal, sorrel and many more. A couple of creations were also made with different spirits and infusions apart from the traditional gin base.
Allowed to pick a charity of their choice, each bar is able to choose their donation mechanics from sales of the drink. Some picked charities include the ST pocket money fund, community chest, Food Bank Singapore, animal rescue, as well as the Nepal relief funds.
Highlights of the week
Jekyll & Hyde (all week, #wishuponanegroni)
Order a negroni and $2 from each drink will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In addition to that, #wishuponanegroni with your drink and share your well wishes for the kids. The awesome guys at Jekyll & Hyde will then share your well wishes for these lovely kids.
Sugarhall guestshift (8 June, 7pm – 12am)
4 featured Negroni Week bartenders will come together for one night to showcase their drinks, and $1 from each drink sold on that night will go towards the Community Chest. Featured bartenders include Andrew Goodall (The Cufflink Club), Kelly D’Cruz (The Secret Mermaid), Symphony Loo (Neon Pigeon), and Sugarhall’s main barman Stuart Danker.
Bitters & Love (8 June, 7pm – 12am)
A guestshift hosted by professionals from different industries will bartend for one night to raise awareness for ASD (Action for Singapore Dogs). Puppies are allowed at this event.
Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall (8 June, 8pm onwards)
Ah Sam’s will play host to another guest shift featuring veteran bartenders mentoring junior bartenders as everyone pulls together 4 shifts in one night to support the cause for Negroni Week 2016. Featuring Shawn and Bryan Kishore, Benedict Poh, Samuel Sim, Sam Wong, Charmaine Anne-Thio and Martin Ambrose Liu, the night promises to be a fun one.
Shin Gi Tai (9 June, 8pm onwards)
Two volunteers from the bar’s adopted charity, Noah’s Ark CARES will guest bartend on Thursday as part of a join effort to raise awareness for animal rescue and education in schools. They will learn to make the famed classic negroni, the best in Singapore as perfected by head barman, Anthony Zhong.
Participating bars for Negroni Week 2016
Bitters & Love | Tess Bar & Kitchen | Smoke & Mirrors | Oxwell & Co | FOC Restaurant | The Secret Mermaid | Jekyll & Hyde | Long Chim Singapore | The Library | VASCO | Hopscotch | Manhattan | PTT FOLK | Lime House | The Cufflink Club | Nutmeg & Clove | Neon Pigeon | Sugarhall | Gibson | Jigger & Pony | Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall | LongPlay | Shin Gi Tai | Kite | Waku Ghin | DB Bistro | Bread Street Kitchen | Ce La Vi | Club 55 | CUT | Spago | Osteria | Pizzeria Mozza | Rise Lounge | Flight Bar | Adrift | 28 HKS | Sarnie’s
For more information, visit the Negroni Week official page.