How to Make a Negroni

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Negroni Cocktails

The Negroni cocktail recipe was created in Florence back in 1919 as a spin-off of the Americano cocktail. Its creator, Fosco Scarselli, was a much-loved bartender at Café Casoni. One of his secrets to good bartending? To change according to the customer you are serving—and legend has it that’s exactly what he did when he invented the Negroni drink.   

When the esteemed Count Camillo Negroni walked in, thirsty for a drink, we’re pretty sure Scarselli had no idea that he was about to make history.   

The story goes that while the Count was in America, he worked as a rodeo cowboy and developed a taste for strong liquor. (And who wouldn’t! Hee-ha!) He asked for a more potent version of his favourite cocktail: the Americano. For those who don’t know, this classic drink is made with equal parts Campari, and sweet vermouth poured over ice and topped with soda.   

Scarselli replaced the soda with gin and added an orange peel garnish for extra zest. The result was a bittersweet and herbaceous cocktail. The count fell in love with the Negroni, and so did the rest of the world. History was made!   

How to make a Negroni

This Italian classic is an acquired taste— sophisticated, complex, and very grown up. It’s effortless to learn how to make a Negroni, so if this is you’re a cocktail novice on your first rodeo, don’t worry. And if you’re looking for more Italian cocktail inspiration, check out our Limoncello Martini and Italian Job cocktail. Cin-cin! 



For extra orange flavour, hold the peel over the cocktail as you twist it. This will release its aromatic oils straight into your Negroni.


Remember! Vermouth is a fortified wine. Once opened, store it in the fridge. It will keep for around 3 months.


For a lighter version, make an Americano. Replace the gin with club soda, and serve in a highball glass.



1 Person

25 Ml

0.83 Oz

0.83 Parts

25 Ml

0.83 Oz

0.83 Parts

25 Ml

0.83 Oz

0.83 Parts

Orange peel and slice, to garnish


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Pour the Campari, gin and vermouth into a rocks glass filled with ice


Stir until icy cold 


Twist an orange peel over the drink to release its oils


Garnish with a fresh slice of orange



What does the Negroni taste like?

Negroni cocktail ingredients make for bittersweet herbaceous cocktails with lingering dark fruit flavours after every sip. Because you’re only using three ingredients, it’s super important that you use good quality liquor. Other than the gin, you’re going to need vermouth and Campari. The vermouth we chose for our Negroni cocktail recipe is Cinzano Rosso. It’s smooth and slightly sweet with bitter spices and has a lovely botanical finish. The Campari brings a whole other vibrant level to this Italian party with its multi-layered bitter finish. It will never be a Negroni without it.  

If you’re a fan of bitter cocktails, learn all about them. 

What gin is best for a Negroni?

With only three Negroni cocktail ingredients, there’s no room to hide lousy quality gin. The better your gin, the more delicious and drinkable the cocktail will be. It’s a simple rule to always remember when making cocktails that only use a few ingredients. Don’t say we didn’t warn you! 

But back to the gin—which can make or break this iconic drink. For our Negroni, we wanted something that would stand up against the strength of Campari. So, to get the job done, we chose Bulldog Gin. Made with a variety of 12 different botanicals, it shines through, giving this Negroni cocktail recipe a smooth and balanced finish. Don’t take our word for it, though – try it for yourself.   

Food to serve with Negroni

The bitterness in a Negroni drink means the food you pair with it has got to have some bold flavours. As the Negroni is an aperitif served before dinner, we suggest serving up some salty canapes and classic bruschetta using ingredients like smoked salmon, tomatoes, chorizo, and cream cheese. For a lovely balance of sweet and salty, serve dates wrapped in crispy bacon and if you want to take it one step further, pair your Negroni with salted dark chocolate. Yum! For a more casual affair, a platter filled with strong cheeses and Italian cured meats will do the trick.  

Variations of the classic Negroni?

While we’re obsessed with the classic, we always make room for some fun variations for any cocktail. Here are a few of the most exciting ones trending all over the Negroni scene.  

Negroni Sbagliato

To Italianos, sbagliato means a mistake but we definitely don’t think this cocktail should be classed as one. If you adore cocktails with Prosecco, you’ve got to try the Negroni Sbagliatio, which recently got some amazing airtime on TikTok thanks to a candid promo chat between two of the stars of the new Game of Thrones spin-off, House of Dragons.

The ‘broken’ sidekick of the traditional Negroni, this sparkly cocktail follows the same drinks format for the first two ingredients but then strays off course to become something deliciously different. Where the original calls for Camparisweet vermouth, and gin, the sparkly version combines 45ml Campari, 45ml sweet vermouth, and 45ml Prosecco.

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Oaxacan Negroni

Mezcal is big right now! This Negroni has a smoky twist and is named after the largest producing region of this popular Mexican spirit. 

Negroni Tropicale

Best served during summer, The Negroni Tropicale shot to fame over the last two years and is part of the Aperitiki trend (tiki drinks mixed with Italy’s iconic bitter flavours). Take your Negroni on a tropical holiday, by replacing the gin with white rum and adding a splash of pineapple juice (and other delicious tropical things). 


This Negroni drink is something truly special. One ounce Campari and Sweet vermouth mixed with 40 millilitres bourbon come together to create a beautifully boozy drink that’s sweet, rich, bitter—and very rewarding.  

Cold-Brew Negroni

A Coffee Negroni recipe leaves out the Campari and replaces it with the same amount of cold-brew coffee for a little caffeine kick. Yum-o! 

Old Pal

This Negroni cocktail recipe swaps out the gin for a spicy rye whiskey, and replaces the sweet vermouth with Cinzano Vermouth Extra Dry. Add Campari to the mix and you have a cocktail that’s spicy, dry and bitter with lovely notes of rye whiskey.

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Pour Campari, gin and sweet vermouth into a pre-chilled rocks glass. Stir until icy cold. Twist an orange peel over the drink to release its oils, and drop it in. Serve!

The addition of Campari is what gives the Negroni it’s trademark bitter taste. If you’re not a fan of bitter drinks, you can add some simple syrup to your Negroni cocktail Ingredients, or halve the amount of Campari you use and add extra sweet vermouth. 

A classic Negroni recipe is made with equal parts gin, Campari and sweet vermouth.

Gin, vermouth and Campari make up the perfect Negroni. Made with just liquor this slow sipper comes in at around 24% ABV, so it’s got quite a kick.