If you're out drinking this week, make it a Negroni. Dozens of local bars will donate at least $1 for each Negroni sold to the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation (NOMAF). A global campaign sponsored by Imbibe magazine and Campari, Negroni Week (June 2-8; www.negroniweek.com) is designed to give back to local causes by way of the summery classic of equal parts gin, ruby Campari and vermouth.
Bartender Becca June Conklin (pictured), secretary of the local chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild who works at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel's (717 Orleans Ave., 504-523-2222; www.bourbonorleans.com) Bourbon "O" Bar, is spearheading the local effort, with help from Tales of the Cocktail staff and bartenders Pailinn Petthong (Bourbon "O" Bar) and Carrie Dumaine of Grand Isle (575 Convention Center Blvd., 504-520-8530; www.grandislerestaurant.com).
Countless Negroni variations switch up the mix of spirit, bitter liqueur and fortified wine. This week, look for these variations: Bourbon "O" Bar at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel serves Conklin's Love Interruption, featuring Cocchi Americano, mezcal, Campari and a pinot noir-salted ice ball.
At Apolline (4729 Magazine St., 504-894-8881; www.apollinerestaurant.com), Mark Schettler offers his classic Negroni, while at the Cocktail Bar at the Windsor Court Hotel (300 Gravier St., 504-523-6000; www.windsorcourthotel.com), Kent Westmoreland offers a classic Negroni and two variations. Max Messier at Root Squared (1800 Magazine St., 504-309-7800; www.squarerootnola.com), serves a White Port Negroni with gin, Campari and white port.
There is a list of 41 participating New Orleans area bars and restaurants on the Negroni Week website. Some bars have designated their fundraising proceeds to go to charities such as Hogs for the Cause and Women with a Vision.