The Negroni is one of the most elegant classic cocktails. It has quite an elaborate flavor profile, and the intriguingly bittersweet taste makes you either love or hate the drink. It's a simple cocktail consisting of only three ingredients: Gin, Sweet Vermouth, and Campari.
You can see that all of these three contain alcohol. Hence, making a non-alcoholic Negroni is quite challenging. After all, our Virgin Negroni version is supposed to taste as much like the boozy, bittersweet real deal as possible. So how to make this NOgroni?
Fortunately, more and more alcohol-free spirit and liqueur alternatives are entering the market, making it easier to create Mocktails out of classic cocktail recipes.
Thus, today, it is not a problem to find a non-alcoholic alternative to Gin. There are plenty of options available. By now, even major Gin brands like Gordons and Tanqueray are offering alcohol-free versions of their products.
In the case of our Negroni Mocktail, our favorite choice is Monday - this zero alcohol Gin alternative is a great replacement for a classic Gin and works perfectly well with the other two ingredients.
Finding a non-alcoholic substitute for the Vermouth part is a bit trickier. There are some alternatives available, but most taste too watery and far from a regular Vermouth.
The only suitable option we found works quite well in a Negroni Mocktail is Versin. If you cannot find it, the next-best prospect would be Lyre's Aperitif Rosso.
Rounded off by Giffard's Aperitif Syrup, our Negroni Mocktail doesn't have the booze of the classic version but is almost as complex in flavor.
- 1 oz Monday zero alcohol Gin (or another non-alcoholic Gin alternative)
- 1 oz Versin
- 1 oz Giffard Sirop Aperitif
- Pour all three ingredients into a mixing glass and fill it up with ice until it's 2/3 full.
- Stir for 18-25 seconds (about 50 times), then strain the Mocktail into a rocks glass, or your preferred Negroni glassware, over a large ice cube.
- Express orange peel over the drink and discard it into the glass.
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