Negroni Cocktail Recipe

Negroni Cocktail
Negroni Cocktail

The Negroni cocktail is a fairly bitter cocktail that pairs well with antipasto and savory hors d'oeuvres. According to Cocktail Atlas and various other sources, the drink is said to have been invented when a certain Count Camillo Negroni requested a splash of gin in his Americano cocktail. Pleased with the result, the Negroni became his favorite drink and was subsequently named after him.

The Traditional Negroni

Mix three main ingredients in equal proportions. It doesn't get much simpler than this.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 slice of orange for garnish

Instructions

  1. Add some ice cubes to an old-fashioned or rocks glass, pour the ingredients over the ice and give a slight stir.
  2. Alternatively, you can pour the ingredients into a shaker with ice, give it a shake, and strain the contents into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish the finished cocktail with an orange slice or twist.

Dry Negroni Cocktail Variation

If sweet vermouth isn't your thing, substitute with the same amount of dry vermouth.

Other Negroni-Style Cocktails

The Americano

Americano Cocktail
Americano Cocktail

This is the cocktail that led to the creation of the Negroni.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • Soda water
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 lemon slice or twist for garnish

Instructions

  1. Pour the Campari and sweet vermouth into a Collins glass that contains ice cubes.
  2. Fill the remainder of the glass with the soda water.
  3. Garnish with a lemon slice or twist.

The White Negroni

The choice of vermouth and the use of Suze liqueur make the difference in this cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 3/4 ounce Dolin bianco vermouth
  • 3/4 ounce Suze
  • Crushed ice
  • 1 lemon twist

Instructions

  1. Combine the gin, vermouth, and Suze in a rocks or old-fashioned glass with crushed ice.
  2. Garnish the cocktail with a lemon twist.

The Boulevardier

Boulevardier drink
The Boulevardier

If you prefer the flavor of bourbon over gin, try this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces of bourbon
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth

Instructions

Combine the ingredients in a chilled cocktail glass and stir.

The Negroni Sbagliato

This version was created by a happy "mistake."

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce sparkling wine (Prosecco)
  • Crushed ice

Instructions

  1. Combine the vermouth and Campari in a rocks or old-fashioned glass with crushed ice.
  2. Top off the cocktail with the Prosecco.

Kingston Negroni

Kingston Negroni
Kingston Negroni

The fruity tones of Jamaican rum add another dimension to this variation of the standard cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce Jamaican rum
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • Ice cubes

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a rocks glass and stir.

Try the Negroni

A 1920s classic, the Negroni isn't served so frequently these days so chances are you may have never tried one. If you haven't, you should taste one at least once. The bitterness of the Campari may take a little getting used to, but you just might acquire a taste for this drink, especially if you pair it with some of your favorite cocktail party foods. If you find you really don't like it, the old saying still applies; nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Negroni Cocktail Recipe