Celebrate Negroni Week in Melbourne during lockdown with these 15 cocktail deliveries

Romeo Lane's trio of negroni cocktails for Negroni Week.
Romeo Lane's trio of negroni cocktails for Negroni Week. Photo: Supplied

Heading out to a bar is on ice during Melbourne's lockdown, but that doesn't mean Negroni Week is cancelled. This year, bartenders are bottling their takes on the bitter tipple ready for home delivery. So whether you order in or DIY at home, get those oversized ice cube trays into the freezer in readiness.

"The best thing about a negroni is it's not complicated and very easy to remember in terms of ratios as it's simply equal parts vermouth, gin and Campari," says Luke Whearty of Melbourne CBD bar Byrdi. "My hot tip is something I actually recommend for most cocktails and that's salt. Salt goes a long way to lifting the sweetness and lowering the bitterness of drinks and really makes a negroni pop."

Luke Whearty behind the bar at Byrdi.
Luke Whearty behind the bar at Byrdi. Photo: Joe Armao

Whearty encourages home bartenders to play around with the vermouth as we come into the warmer months. "A classic Italian sweet vermouth is the staple, however a lighter vermouth like some of the newer rosé-style vermouths really goes a long way to lighten up the drink." (He recommends the "juicy and fresh" Cinq a Sept pinor noir vermouth from the Mornington Peninsula.)

If your isolation bar trolley or drinks cabinet is not stocked with the classic trifecta of Campari, gin and vermouth, fear not. Here are 15 premixed options to order from bars, restaurants and distilleries in Melbourne and beyond. Just add a strip of orange peel and ice.

Negroni Week bottled cocktail deliveries in Melbourne. Bar Americano. September 2020. Images supplied to Good Food online by Chris Gottaas at Visit Victoria. Not for syndication. Single use only. Must credit Carmen Zammit.

Bar Americano's bottled negroni. Photo: Carmen Zammit

Melbourne

Above Board, Fitzroy

Negroni Week negroni pack, four cocktails $72, aboveboardbar.square.site

Bar Americano, Melbourne

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Negroni x Brooklyn limited edition $35; negroni 200ml $31; 500ml $66, baramericano.com

Byrdi, Melbourne

Wattleseed negroni, 100ml $20; 500ml $85, byrdishop.com.au

Capitano, Carlton

Classic negroni (200ml, $24) or a 'Negroni Maximus' (magnum, $120), order.hungryhungry.com/capitanocarlton

Everleigh Bottling Co, Fitzroy

Classic negroni $17, theeverleigh.square.site

Kisume, Melbourne

Japanese negroni $12, richmond.kisume.com.au

Lay Low, Seddon

Negroni Classico, 330ml $35, 700ml $75, available via colabpantry.com.au

Patient Wolf Distillery, Southbank

Classic negroni 100ml $15 (local delivery only), patientwolfgin.com

Romeo Lane, Melbourne

Negoni pack: Peach negroni, White negroni and Classic negroni $50, romeolane.com.au

Tip Jar Fund

Winter negroni (hospitality fundraiser) available via Meatsmith,190ml $24, meatsmith.com.au

Victoria

Anther Distillery, Geelong

Negroni Week triple pack: All Australian negroni, Blackcurrant negroni and Mandarin negroni; 3 x 100ml, $55, anther.com.au

Four Pillars, Healesville

Negroni for breakfast? The distillery makes marmalade from spent oranges used to make its signature gin, $10 available via Co-Lab Pantry, colabpantry.com.au

JimmyRum Distillery, Dromana

Rum negroni from $20 (local delivery, Mornington Peninsula; pictured right), jimmyrum.com.au

Loch Distillery, Loch

Port Cask Aged Negroni 700ml $85, lochbrewery.com.au

Reed & Co Distillery, Bright

Remedy Gin negroni 200ml $34, reedandcodistillery.com