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The Ultimate Cocktail Week Hits Texas — and That Means Major Specials at Top Restaurants and Bars

Drinking to Make A Difference

BY // 06.06.17

You just can’t beat cocktails for a cause! The fourth annual Negroni Week is finally here — a national venture launched by drinks magazine Imbibe and liqueur brand Campari, which works to raise money for a bevy of charities across the world.

The ultimate Negroni celebration, a seven day event — which lasts through Sunday, June 11 —  tasks restaurants and bars with creating their own Negroni variations to raise funds for their chosen charity.

Negroni Week, which started with 100 participating venues in 2013, has now grown to include more than 6,000 restaurants and bars across the world including 117 participants in Houston and 95 in Dallas.

The event has raised nearly $900,000 to date for various charitable causes. Will this year’s fundraiser break the $1 million mark?  Follow Imbibe on Instagram and Twitter @imbibe, and keep a close eye on the hashtag #NegroniWeek to find out.

Until then, we’re celebrating Negroni Week’s arrival with 12 concoctions we’ll be downing all week long in Houston and Dallas.

• Eight Row Flint
, 1039 Yale Street, The whiskey icehouse presents four Negroni renditions to benefit No Kid Hungry: a traditional Negroni, a frozen Negroni, Negroni jello shots, and a Negroni flight — a traditional Negroni, a frozen Negroni, and a jello shot served on a flight board.

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• Star Fish, 191 Heights Boulevard, Newly opened seafood restaurant Star Fish offers two cocktail specials for its first Negroni Week. Sample the Smoke Show, mix of Campari, lillet rose, mezcal, St. Germaine, and angostura on the rocks, or opt for the Illyrian Rose made with Campari, Nolet gin, Bonal, Suze, and rose water, both of which benefit No Kid Hungry.

If you’re still feeling thirsty, you can also head next door to sister restaurant Pi Pizza for a frozen Negroni rendition.

• Nobie’s, 2048 Colquitt Street, Bar manager Sarah Troxell showcases three Negroni-inspired libations — benefitting No Kid Hungry — starting with the Obi Won Negroni, a mix of mezcal, house-made pineapple shrub, Campari, and bitters. Also in the lineup: the Stop and Smell the Rosé made with whiskey, sparkling rosé, and Campari alongside a classic Negroni. Negroni Jell-O shots will also be available.

But Nobie’s isn’t stopping with cocktails. Chef Martin Sayer churns out Negroni-cured scallops with grapefruit and Campari gel; watermelon Negroni salad; and Negroni custard pie topped with vanilla whip cream and orange zest.

• Reserve 101, 1201 Caroline Street, The city’s top whiskey bar keeps it classic with a traditional Negroni. One dollar from each Negroni sold will benefit Autism Speaks.

• Provisions, 807 Taft Street, Benefitting One More Wave, Provisions will offer six Campari-centric libations including a classic Negroni, a Boulevardier, a white Negroni made with gin, the Rosita made with tequila, the Negroni Sbagliato made with Cava, and the Locust Valley Lockjaw — a mix of applejack, aperol, blanc vermouth, and coriander berry.

• Le Colonial, River Oaks District, 4444 Westheimer Road, Get your drink on in Le Colonial’s upstairs lounge with a special grapefruit and jasmine Negroni. A portion of the proceeds benefit Autism Speaks.

Midnight Rambler, The Joule, 1530 Main Street, Joule’s craft cocktail salon puts its Neroli Negroni — a mix of Martini & Rossi Rosso, Campari, gin, neroli extract, and mineral saline — at the forefront to help raise money for Art of Elysium.

• CBD ProvisionsThe Joule, 1530 Main Street, cbdprovisions.comAlso housed inside The Joule, CBD Provisions — a modern Texas brasserie — showcases its Miro Negroni made with Dolin Blanc, Aperol, tequila, and lime. Sales also benefit Art of Elysium.

• Filament, 22626 Main Street, The whiskey-centric southern restaurant will help raise funds for Trigger’s Toys with multiple variations of Negronis including a Boulevardier, an agave Negroni, and a classic Negroni with gin.

• Top Knot, 2817 Maple Avenue, Barrel aging isn’t just for whiskey. Top Knot presents a barrel-aged Negroni for the festive cocktail week. A portion of proceeds benefits Trigger’s Toys.

• Jettison, Sylvan | Thirty, 1878 Sylvan Avenue, Head to this hidden cocktail bar for a special batch Negroni enhanced with Galliano L’Aperitivo and orange bitters. Also on hand: a southern Negroni composed of mescal, Campari, and Lillet Blanc. One dollar from every drink sold benefits Trigger Toys.

• Mirador1608 Elm Street, Bask in Mirador’s beautiful surrounds with a special Mirador Negroni made with gin, Carpano Antica, Campari, and Strega. When you’re finished sipping, head downstairs to the new and improved Forty Five Ten for an afternoon of shopping. Art of Elysium serves as Mirador’s beneficiary.

See the full list of participating restaurants and bars here

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