Negroni Week 2021 Recipe: Shanna’s Life-Saving Negroni

It’s Negroni Week 2021! Time to learn how to make The Kennebunk Inn’s “Shanna’s Life-Saving Negroni”

Shanna's Lifesaving Negroni Recipe

It seems only a few short years ago that The Kennebunk Inn’s chef/owner Shanna O’Hea found her “go-to cocktail” – the Negroni.  Being a chef, Shanna focused her creative efforts on improving and perfecting the Negroni. The result: a new and very popular signature cocktail for Academe, the restaurant and tavern at The Kennebunk Inn.

“Shanna’s Life-Saving Negroni” has been proven to be on of the restaurant’s most popular drinks.

While we would love to serve you at the restaurant, you may want to “try this at home.” For you, we present the recipe below.

September 13-19 is Negroni Week 2021.  We will be celebrating Negroni Week Thursday, September 16th, Friday, September 17th, and Saturday, September 18th, 2021. Academe and The Kennebunk Inn will be offering their signature Negroni with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. We hope that you will come in to Academe at The Kennebunk Inn and sample a Negroni. It’s for a good cause.

People have asked why we we call our version of the Negroni. “Shanna’s Life-Saving Negroni.” Will it truly save your life? Is it a magical elixir?  Truth be told, it generally improves your mood, and brightens your day – which is pretty magical – but the real reason for the name is the Life Saver shaped, caramelized orange slide ice cube that floats in the middle of the Negroni. Come to think of it, it’s pretty magical as far as ice cubes go.

If you are not a fan of gin (Gasp!) you can substitute Basil Hayden Rye in the same 1 ounce pour. That turns the drink into “My Old Pal.”

Negroni Week 2021 Recipe: Shanna's Life-Saving Negroni
After countless experiments, hours and hours of research, and an impassioned dedication to the pursuit of perfection, Chef Shanna O'Hea achieved her lofty goal: a cocktail worthy of being her "Go-To" drink. Join us in September 2021's Negroni Week..
Cuisine: Drinks & Cocktails
Recipe type: Craft Cocktail
Serves: 1 cocktail
  1. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker or pint glass over ice
  2. Stir until well-chilled. Negronis are never shaken.
  3. Strain and serve over caramelized orange slice large "Life Saver" Ice cube



About The Kennebunk Inn

The Kennebunk Inn and its restaurant, The Tavern are located in the heart of downtown Kennebunk Village. The Inn has been welcoming travelers for more than two centuries.