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The Ultimate Bar Kit Giveaway for Negroni Week

This feature was produced in collaboration between Vox Creative and Campari. Vox Media editorial staff was not involved in the creation or production of this content.

It takes a special cocktail to deserve a whole week of devotion, but the Negroni is just that. Since 2013 Campari and Imbibe magazine have teamed up to celebrate the 96-year-old aperitif composed of equal parts gin, red vermouth and Campari in an effort to raise money for charity. This year, we're celebrating Negroni Week by giving one lucky winner the Ultimate Bar Kit with all the tools necessary to make the perfect Negroni and explore the larger world of mixology.

To assemble the Ultimate Bar Kit, we caught up with a few Negroni Week-participating bartenders from some of the top cocktail outposts around the US. Though the kit is bartender-approved and fit for a pro, it'll make even the most novice drink mixers feel like experimenting with the flavors and proportions of classic and new creations alike.

For your chance to win the Ultimate Bar Kit (and become the most popular among your friends) tweet at @Eater with the hashtag #NegroniWeek. We love seeing pictures of people enjoying their Negronis from all across the country! A handful of lucky runners up with also receive some Campari swag.

Official rules here.


Your ultimate Negroni Bar Kit includes:

1

OXO Cocktail Strainer

"My favorite bar tool is my double coiled hawthorn strainer," says Joy Richard of Boston's Citizen Public House. The OXO model features a raised lip on the lid that channels your cocktails through the stainer spring and helps make sure the pour is clean and drip-free. Meanwhile a soft finger rest comes in handy when you're playing bartender all night.

Image credit: OXO


2

Chubo's Suki Bitters Bottle

Though the traditional Negroni doesn't call for bitters, the bitters bottle and dasher is an essential bar tool, plus Negroni experimentation is encouraged. Chubo's Suki Bitters Bottle is a Japanese style glass version that adds a touch of class to your kit with its curvaceous shape and ornate dasher top. "These bitters dasher bottles and tops are my favorite!" Richard says. "Great for Absinthe, in addition to bitters, of course."

Image credit: Chubo


3

Umami Mart Mixing Glass

When preparing classic and stirred cocktails for a group, mixing glass is essential. The eye-catching Seamless Diamond Cut Mixing Glass from Umami Mart allows you to make three Negronis at once in style. "I always have a Japanese mixing glass in my bar bag," says Jon Gasparini of San Francisco's Rye, and Umami Mart's is his glass of choice. " Along with precision pouring, the seamless design lends to greater strength and durability than cheaper versions.

Image credit: Umami Mart

4

Umami Mart Pitcher Protector

Of course, it's always good to have protection. Gasparini and the Rye crew love this mixing glass so much, they've collaborated with Umami Mart on a Pitcher Protector sleeve. With insulating foam and zipper closure, your mixing glass is secured — there's even a spot to stash your strainer. Now the mixing is mobile.

Image credit: Umami Mart

 

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5

BarConic Bar Spoon

While the classic Negroni will never go out of style, it's a cocktail that's open to interpretation. Add mescal for a bit of smoke or a splash of aged rum for the gin-averse patron. Though the ingredients can be variable, the process never is: the Negroni is always stirred. "You can get away with different types of strainers, mixing glasses, but without a proper bar spoon, you can't make a great Negroni," says Aaron Melederez of LA's Pistola. BarConic's 11-inch bar spoon features a steel knob at the end for a weighted feel and nice smooth stir. You can also use the end to muddle ingredients.

Image credit: BarConic

6

Kuhn Rikon Garnish Peeler

Sometimes the best tool for the job isn't the most expensive one. Melederez describes the Kuhn RIkon as "The best peeler in the game," and at under $7 is a major value. The Swiss-designed peeler is widely considered the go-to peeler for professional chefs and bartenders alike. With a carbon steel blade, the Kuhn Rikon peeler stays sharp even after heavy use and gives a precision cut so you can get the exact garnish shape and size you desire. Plus, it comes in red to match the Negronis you'll be serving.

Image credit: Kuhn Rikon

7

OXO Angled Jigger

An essential to mixing any drink precisely, the jigger is a bartender's best friend. The OXO Angled Jigger comes equipped with a patented surface that's angled so measurements can be read from above. Whether mixing an old favorite or experimenting, recreating the same balance of flavors from round-to-round is key. "Consistency is something I always strive for and they make it possible," says Darren Baker of NYC's Brucie. "Also, they speed up the time it takes to make a drink because of all the visible measurements and the ability to build an entire drink in the jigger." The stainless steel OXO Angled Jigger gets bonus points for its drip-free spout and dual ounce and tablespoon measurements.

Image credit: OXO

8

Perlini Kit

Designed by professional cocktail makers, the Perlini Kit is your mobile carbonation solution — looking like a James Bond gadget is just part of the fun. Why spoil a painstakingly crafted cocktail with sub-par store-bought seltzer when you can carbonate your own liquids. "It's a fantastic tool for making for legit carbonation for all your soda and tonic creations​," says Michael Simon of Celeste in Chicago. As far as unleashing creativity goes, the Periling Kit will open a new world of libation exploration for the home bartender. Just be sure to read the manual with this one.

Image credit: Perlage

9

Cocktail Kingdom Leather Bar Tool Bag

With so many bar tools at the ready, you'll want your kit to be mobile and organized. Professional bartenders often come equipped with their own tools as they've built up their arsenal from what works best for them. And of course, you'll need something equal parts form and function to carry it all. Cocktail Kingdom's Leather Bar Tool Bag is made of fine distressed leather and finished with brass buckles and rivets. At 20 inches long, seven inches high and five and half inches deep, the bag can easily hold multiple mixing glasses, jiggers and extra tools.

Image credit: Cocktail Kingdom

10

Cocktail Kingdom Ice Cube Tray

While it might seem like an afterthought, the quality of ice can make or break a drink. Some cocktail specialists swear by hand-delivered artisanal ice, but at home it's definitely not the most practical. For the home bar, these rubber Ice Cube Trays from Cocktail Kingdom make mixologist-approved cubes that stand out from run-of-the-mill ice cube trays. Food safe rubber ensures no odors are imparted in the ice to throw off the flavor profile of your creations. The two-inch square cubes also melt slower, meaning your drinks will be ice cold but never watered down.

Image credit: Cocktail Kingdom Ice Cube Tray

11

Diamond Cut Hard Strong Glassware from Umami Mart

An outstanding Negroni deserves equally outstanding glassware. Umami Mart's Diamond Cut glassware features a traditional pattern on the base that calls to mind the era around the birth of the Negroni: the 1920s. Made in Japan, Umami Mart's glassware is applied with Hard Strong technology, a coating developing in 1967 by Toko-Sasaki, the country's top glass manufacturer. Hard Strong tempers the glass and makes it far more durable than meets the eye.

Image credit: Umami Mart

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Official contest rules here.

This feature was produced in collaboration between Vox Creative and Campari. Vox Media editorial staff was not involved in the creation or production of this content.


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