National Barbecue Month. Burger Week(s). National Butterscotch Pudding Day. The ranks of marketing-generated fake food and drink holidays have swelled, but two excellent libations have claimed the same week as their own, and both are finding traction here in Seattle.
Both Negroni Week and International Sherry Week have claimed June 2–8 as their own. One is a bitter, ruby-hued blend of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth that dates back a century but still feels essential—and current, given Seattle's love of aperitivi bars and bitter flavors. The other is a fortified wine from Spain that’s shedding its grandma image and having a little moment. Maybe a big moment. It's nutty, complex, and splendid to sip or as a cocktail component.
Negroni Week (organized by Imbibe magazine and, woudn’t you know it, Campari) consists of bars donating a portion of negroni sales to their charities of choice. More than 20 bars around town are participating; the Negroni Week website lists all the establishments and their designated charities. On board: Canon, Artusi, Liberty, RN74, Rob Roy, Oliver's Twist, Miller's Guild, Rumba, Spinasse, Tallulah's, Tavern Law, Barrio, and Bastille. And more.
International Sherry Week is an unruly lineup of tastings, pairing dinners, cocktail specials, and such. Petit Cochon chef Derek Ronspies is planning a six-course sherry pairing dinner on June 3 (tickets are $80) and restaurants like Rumba, Terra Plata, Cure Bathtub Gin, Tin Table, Harvest Vine, Westward, and Spur will serve special sherry cocktails, flights, or pairings. The Sherry Week website lists some of the Seattle events.
If this all feels overwhelming, you could multitask. Head to Rumba and order an East Indian negroni, which swaps rum for gin and sherry for the vermouth.