Negroni Cocktail Recipe

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Festive Negroni cocktails

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




For extra orange flavor, 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 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

1 Oz

30 Ml

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30 Ml

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30 Ml

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Orange peel and orange slice, to garnish


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


Stir until icy cold 


Twist an orange peel over the drink to release its oils onto the drink


Garnish with fresh orange slice



The origins of the Negroni cocktail recipe

When the esteemed Count Camillo Negroni walked into Scarselli’s bar he 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 favorite 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.

How to make a Negroni

The Negroni is an acquired taste — sophisticated, complex, and very grown up. It’s extremely easy to make, so if you’re a cocktail novice on your first rodeo, don’t worry. The Negroni drink recipe is pretty hard to mess up! And if you’re looking for more Italian cocktail inspiration, check out our Limoncello Martini and Italian Job cocktails. Cin-cin! 

What does the Negroni taste like?

Negroni cocktail ingredients make for bittersweet herbaceous cocktails with lingering dark fruit flavors 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 bad-quality gin. The better the gin you’re using, the more delicious and drinkable the cocktail will be. It’s a simple rule to always keep in mind 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 to the strength of Campari without getting lost in this Italian translation. To get the job done we chose Bulldog Gin. Made with a variety of 12 different botanicals it will shine through, giving your 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 the Negroni cocktail recipe ingredients means the food you pair with it has got to have some bold flavors. As the Negroni is an aperitif served before dinner, we suggest serving up some salty canapés 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 1.5 oz Campari, 1.5 oz sweet vermouth, and 1.5 oz 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 flavors). 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 notes. 


This Negroni cocktail recipe is something truly special. One ounce Campari and sweet vermouth mixed with 1 ¼ ounces 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.  

Old Pal

This Negroni drink 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 its 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.

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