I also had almost everything at home for this simple cocktail except orange peel for the garnish. I ended up garnishing my cocktail with slices of a Frog Hollow Farm apricot. To complement the garnish I added a splash of peach schnapps. I liked the results and I share them with you as "My Negroni." For a traditional negroni, simply leave out the schnapps and garnish with the orange peel. I thought my version was a tad smoother.
For a more woodsy version of a Negroni, I direct you to the excellent Sunset Magazine version I had on my recent media tour. It is not more complicated, but the taste is more piney and the ingredients are more specific. The Forest Negroni is the creation of Sunset editor Nino Padova.
Makes 1 large drink
I used a traditional shot glass as a measure
1 measure Campari
1 measure sweet red (rosso) vermouth
1 measure gin
1/4 measure peach schnapps
2 slices of apricot or 1 slice peach
Fill shaker with ice. Pour in Campari, vermouth, gin and schnapps. Shake well. Strain into chilled glass. Garnish with apricot slices.