12/29/2012 11:43 pm ET | Updated Feb 27, 2013

The Negroni, 5 Ways

Ask the mixologist at your favorite craft-cocktail joint about his or her favorite tipple to drink and more often than not, you'll hear Negroni.

While the exact origin of this classic cocktail is still up for debate, we would like to believe the legend that it was invented by Italian nobility. Count Camillo Negroni may well have been the person who dreamed up this satisfying mixture of gin, Campari and sweet vermouth.

According to the popular story, in 1919 he asked Fosco Scarselli, the bartender at the Caffe Casoni in Florence for a more robust variation of an Americano, calling for gin instead of the standard club soda.

No matter who created it, this sipper is a trifecta of bitter and herbal flavors and is the perfect thing to get your appetite going before dinner. And bartenders around the world have been inspired to create their own variations of the drink.

Here are five different ways to fix this aperitif. Cheers!

The Negroni, 5 Ways