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L.A. Bars Celebrate National Negroni Week for Charity

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Monday's Memorial Day holiday marked the beginning of grilling season for cooks, but for cocktailians, summer is all about one thing: negronis. This classic Italian cocktail made with equal parts sweet vermouth, gin, and Campari is delightfully bitter, slightly sweet, and utterly refreshing.

According to our sister site Chicagoist, "Count Negroni created the cocktail in 1919 when he asked his bartender to replace the club soda in his Americano with gin. While the story sounds nice, it seems more likely that it was created several decades later with variations sprouting up in different countries until the Negroni name caught on."

Who knows if that's the truth or not, but we do know that the negroni makes for the perfect porch sipper, andImbibe Magazine has decided to make us love negronis even more by turning taking a tipple into a charitable cause. Through the end of this week, these local bars will be offering negronis, some classic, others more twisted, with $1 of each sale going to their charity of choice.

Here's the full list of who's participating and where they'll be donating their dollars:

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Cole's Red Car Bar
118 E 6th St
Donating to Red Cross for Oklahoma Tornado Relief

8422 Third St.
Donating to Red Cross for Oklahoma Tornado Relief

Hemingways Lounge
6356 Hollywood Blvd.
Donating to KIPP Los Angeles
*Thursday - Sunday

Hostaria del Piccolo
606 Broadway in Santa Monica
512 Rose Ave. in Venice
Donating to Breath LA

1600 Wilcox Ave.
Donating to Share Our Strength

Riveria Restaurant
1050 S. Flower St.
Donating to Museum Tamal

Son of a Gun
8370 West 3rd St.
Donating to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation

9575 West Pico Blvd.
Donating to GettLove

The Spare Room
7000 Hollywood Blvd.
Donating to Baby2Baby

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