Negroni is a classic Italian cocktail made with equal parts gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari. It is known for its bitter and complex flavor profile.

Negroni recipe

  • 3 cl gin
  • 3 cl sweet red vermouth
  • 3 cl Campari

Stir into glass over ice, garnish and serve.

Directions for how to make the Negroni

  1. Fill an Old fashioned glass with ice.
  2. Pour 3 cl gin into the glass.
  3. Add 3 cl sweet red vermouth to the glass.
  4. Pour 3 cl Campari into the glass.
  5. Stir the ingredients in the glass until thoroughly mixed.
  6. Garnish with a slice of orange.
  7. Serve immediately.

Tips for how to make the perfect Negroni

  • Use high-quality gin, preferably London Dry gin, to achieve the perfect balance of flavors.
  • Make sure to use equal parts of gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari to get the classic Negroni taste.
  • Stir the ingredients well with ice, around 20-30 seconds, for an optimal chilled and diluted mixture.
  • Serve the Negroni in a chilled rocks or old-fashioned glass with a large ice cube, and garnish with an orange peel twist.
  • Try experimenting with different gins or vermouths to create a unique twist on the classic Negroni recipe.

Alcohol-free alternative to the Negroni

There are many alcohol-free alternatives to the classic Negroni cocktail that you can try, such as:

  1. Non-Alcoholic Negroni — a version of this popular cocktail that replaces gin and Vermouth with non-alcoholic gin-like spirit and aperitif.

  2. Cranberry Basil Mocktail — A refreshing blend of cranberry juice, fresh basil, and soda water.

  3. Pomegranate and Grapefruit Mocktail — This blend of fresh pomegranate and grapefruit juice with a fizzy finish is perfect for any occasion.

  4. Blackberry Spritz — A refreshing blend of blackberries, lemon juice, soda, and a splash of tonic water.

  5. Pear and Rosemary Fizz — This sparkling pear juice and lemon soda cocktail is perfect for relaxing after a long day.

Negroni fun facts

  1. The Negroni was invented by Italian count Camillo Negroni in the early 1900s. He requested a bolder version of his usual Americano cocktail by replacing soda water with gin, and thus the Negroni was born.

  2. The traditional recipe for a Negroni calls for equal parts gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari. However, many bartenders and enthusiasts have experimented with variations, including using mezcal or bourbon as the base spirit.

  3. The Negroni has gained a cult following over the years, with entire events (such as Negroni Week) and merchandise (like Negroni-themed clothing and glassware) dedicated to the drink.

  4. The Negroni has often been referenced in pop culture, from James Bond ordering one in “Casino Royale” to a scene in the popular TV show “Mad Men” where it’s described as “the drink of summer, 1968.”

  5. The Negroni has inspired a number of spin-off drinks, including the Negroni Sbagliato (which uses prosecco instead of gin) and the Boulevardier (which replaces gin with whiskey).