Spirited Culinary Adventures with Natalie Bovis
For the Love of Cocktails Event, Las Vegas

For the Love of Cocktails Event, Las Vegas

On May 19th, the fourth annual For The Love Of Cocktails Grand Gala will be held at Delano Las Vegas. This exquisite event brings the finest mixologists, cocktail bars and chefs together for a huge celebration of libations. But even more importantly, the event is also a three-day fundraiser for the Helen David Relief Fund, a breast cancer support fund for bartenders needing help with medical bills and everyday living expenses. 

The charitable organization was founded by Tony Abou-Ganim (The Modern Mixologist) in memory of his inspiration and cousin, Helen David, the beloved owner of the Brass Rail bar in Port Huron, Michigan during a time when women business owners were rare. Despite fighting breast cancer twice, Ms. David lived 91 vibrant years.  Abou-Ganim has joined forces with Back Bar USA and the United States Bartenders’ Guild to expand the program by creating For The Love Of Cocktails!

In honor of this great cause, I’m sharing my summertime twist on a Negroni which I first tasted from the hands of Tony Abou-Ganim, himself. Tony will also be conducting a fundraising bike ride for the Helen David Relief Fund during Cocktails & Culture Festival in Santa Fe, NM on Saturday, June 3, as a kick off to Negroni Week, a national fundraising effort.

Natalie’s Negroni

  • 3/4 ounce gin
  • 3/4 ounce Campari
  • 3/4 ounce Sweet Vermouth
  • 3/4 ounce grapefruit juice
  • Garnish: pinch freshly grated ginger
  • Build in double rocks glass over ice. Stir. Enjoy.

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Hope to see you out there!

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