Negroni is the most famous Italian cocktail. It is a most delicious bitter cocktail. In the past, it was one of the most chosen at aperitif time and after the decline of a few years ago, today it is back again.
The recipe is quick and easy to memorize, with equal parts of its three main ingredients – Red Vermouth, Campari, and Gin
To make the perfect classic negroni cocktail all you need is balance: use equal parts gin, vermouth, and Campari, and choose the best products you have in reach
Let’s make some negronis!
When you’re looking for a classic cocktail to enjoy before a meal, few are as satisfying as the famous Negroni. This is the classic Italian way to open a meal: the Negroni, a bittersweet palate cleanser that makes way for the evening’s delights. Adding a bottle of Campari to the liquor cabinet opens up a world of cocktail possibilities. In any case, drink this cold.
Negroni is often served before a meal in order to stimulate the appetite but is versatile enough to be enjoyed at any time.
- 1-ounce gin
- 1-ounce sweet vermouth
- 1 ounce Campari
- Orange twist or slice, for garnish
How to Make A White Russian
- Put Together all Ingredients. Pour the gin, vermouth, and Campari into an old-fashioned glass, filled with ice cubes.
- Stir gently to get the swirl effect. Stir gin, vermouth, and Campari in an ice-filled mixing glass until very cold, about 30 seconds.
- Strain the Mix- Strain the cocktail through a Hawthorne strainer or a slotted spoon into an ice-filled rocks glass.
- Garnish & serve: Gently squeeze an orange twist or slice over the glass, then add it as a garnish. Serve and enjoy.
- The gin is going to make or break your Negroni. Be sure to choose a high-end gin such as those that you would mix into a martini. Hendrick’s, Bombay, and Beefeater are all excellent choices.
- Choose a sweet vermouth that’s of equal quality to the gin and Campari. Carpano Antica, Cocchi, and Dolin are all good choices.
- If you have to dust off the vermouth bottle, it’s likely time to replace it. The fortified wine has a shelf life of just three months once the bottle is open
White Russian Variations
- White Negroni – Perfect for hot days, the floral, bittersweet White Negroni is a simple, three-ingredient cocktail that is sure to please.
- Aperol Negroni – The Negroni has long been synonymous with Campari, but this variation may sway you toward its sweeter cousin: Aperol.
- Mezcal Negroni – Using the composition of a certain trendy Italian cocktail, the Mezcal Negroni proves how adaptable earthy agave truly can be.
- Negroni Sbagliato – This bubbly rendition gives a bitter, herbal classic a sweet and fizzy twist that will make you want to be mistaken more often.
- Tequila Negroni – A twist on the classic cocktail with Blanco Tequila instead of gin, and a touch of 18.21 Blood Orange + Ginger Shrub to give it some extra flair.
- Calvados Negroni – This festive riff swaps gin for Calvados – a versatile French, food-friendly brandy made from apples and pears. While apple aromatics are reminiscent of fall, this cocktail is in season all year long.
- The Pineapple Negroni – In this recipe, the Negroni takes a tropical turn. A splash of pineapple juice adds a touch of sweetness, perfect for those who shy away from a more bitter flavor profile.