Negroni Cocktail

By Timo Torner / Last updated on March 27, 2023

The classic Negroni cocktail is all about a perfect balance of flavors and is also one of the most popular Gin cocktails. The equal parts drink contains only three components: Campari, Sweet Vermouth, and Dry Gin.
Negroni Cocktail served with orange peel next to Jigger

Most likely, the Negroni recipe originated at Caffè casoni in Florence, Italy, in 1919. A bartender working at Bar Casoni created this iconic drink in an attempt to mix a stronger version of an Americano Cocktail. The cocktail was named after the patron who ordered this boozier version - Count Camillo Negroni.

The result is a strong cocktail (24% ABV) that tastes refreshingly bitter and has a rich and complex flavor profile. A drink that's celebrated for a whole week each year - the Negroni week. In contrast to the herbal and botanical flavors in the drink, the essential oils from fresh orange peel add a nice touch.

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The standard Negroni recipe consists of three ingredients. Here's a quick guide on what to look for and which products you need:

  • Dry Gin - you can't go wrong with classics like, for instance, Tanqueray. But then, Gin is the obvious ingredient to experiment with in this recipe. You can test which type of Gin suits you best or increase the amount to get a more Gin-forward version. Also, here's an overview of the best options in a Negroni.
  • Sweet Vermouth - A rich and flavorful Vermouth is essential in this cocktail recipe. My all-time favorite is Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth, but there are plenty of worthy alternatives .
  • Campari - This dark red and distinctively bitter Amaro is the most stable ingredient in the recipe. It not only lends the drink its iconic color but also its distinct bitter taste. Still, there are other options that also work well, like Cappelletti .

An orange peel twist is the default garnish and adds a subtle citrusy touch to the drink. In addition, some bartenders also use orange bitters to enhance the flavors in the cocktail.

Negroni cocktail with orange peel on wood next to Jigger

How to make a Negroni cocktail

The Negroni recipe is a perfect example for stirred cocktails. Making it is pretty straightforward. -Particularly because the recipe requires equal parts Gin, red Vermouth, and Campari.

  • Step 1: Combine Gin, Campari, and Vermouth in a mixing glass filled with plenty of ice cubes. Stir the cocktail for 18 to 22 seconds or until the drink is well-chilled.
  • Step 2: Strain over ice into a Old Fashioned or Rocks glass.
  • Step 3: Express an orange peel over the drink to release essential oils in the peel. Rub the peel along the rim and discard it into the glass.
Stirring Negroni ingredients and ice in mixing glass on table

Variations of the classic Negroni recipe

The easy template of this classic Italian cocktail makes it an ideal drink for experimenting. Some of these variations swap the base spirit, others add additional elements, and others again use an entirely new set of ingredients. Here are some of the most popular Negroni riffs:

  • The Coconut Negroni - Adding coconut Rum and dried coconut chips makes a perfect tropical version.
  • White Negroni - One of the most popular and creative riffs. This white variation is also bittersweet in taste but with more pronounced floral flavors like gentian. It's made with Dry Vermouth, Suze, and Lillet Blanc.
  • Mezcal Negroni - This is among our favorite variations and brings in lots of smoky notes from Mezcal, the Mexican agave spirit.
  • Aperol Negroni - Replacing Campari with Aperol will make for a sweeter and less bitter Negroni.
  • Negroni Sbagliato - This trending recipe was once a mistake. The "faulty" ( sbagliato means wrong ) Negroni is made with Prosecco instead of Gin.
  • Negroni Spitz - another sparkling version of this classic with an unexpected ingredient - mango syrup.
Negroni Cocktail served with orange peel next to Jigger


The King of Italian cocktails. A bittersweet mix of Campari, Vermouth, and Gin.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Campari, Gin
Servings: 1
Calories: 196kcal
Cost: $2.80


  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz Dry Gin
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 Orange peel (garnish)


  • Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with plenty of ice.
    1 oz Campari, 1 oz Dry Gin, 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • Stir until well-chilled.
  • Strain over ice into a Rocks or Old Fashioned glass.
  • Express orange peel with the peel facing the drink to release essential oils into the drink. Rub the peel around the rim and the discard it into the drink.
    1 Orange peel


Serving: 3.25oz | Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.5g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 6.5g
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2 comments on “Negroni Cocktail”

  1. 5 stars
    I love Negronis - the combination of Italian bitter, sweet vermouth, and a bold gin is amazing!

    Thanks for the detailed step-by-step guide, guys!

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