Food - Drink
Meet The Negroni's Older Cocktail Cousin, The Milano-Torino
The Negroni is a classic bittersweet cocktail that has spiked in popularity in recent years, and now a close relative of this drink is going through its own revival: the Milano-Torino. This drink, called a "Mi-To" for short, predates the Negroni and has slightly different ingredients, but a similar flavor characterized by aromatic bitters.
Punch reports that the first Milano-Torino was firstserved in the 1860s in a Milan café owned by Gaspare Campari, and the drink quickly became the blueprint for other bitter cocktails. The Mi-To was named after the birthplaces of its ingredients: Campari, which comes from Milan, and vermouth, which comes from Turin.
Making a Milano-Torino involves combining equal parts Campari and sweet red vermouth, then pouring the mixture into a lowball glass filled with ice and garnishing with an orange wedge. Like the Negroni, this drink has a fairly low alcohol content and a bitterness that will pucker your mouth, alongside smooth, syrupy, spicy qualities.