A Negroni is a trendy Italian gin-based cocktail. It has one part gin, one part vermouth and one part Campari, garnished with orange peel. Known for its distinctively bitter flavour, it is a love or hate kind of drink.
First believed to be discovered in the early 20th century in Florence Italy, Count Camillo Negroni asked his bartender to strengthen his favourite drink Americano with Gin instead of soda water. An Americano is one part vermouth, one part Campari & one part soda water with a lemon peel for garnish. The bartender used an orange peel instead of lemon to signify it was a different drink to the Americano. A Negroni is a popular aperitif now across the world. A proper Negroni is stirred not shaken, built over ice in an old fashioned or rocks glass.
There are a few known variations on a Negroni. A Negroni sbagliato is made with sparkling white wine or prosecco instead of gin. A Bounlebardier uses Whiskey instead of gin. A Dutch Negroni uses jenever instead of London Dry Gin. An Old Pal uses Canadian Rye instead of gin and dry instead of sweet vermouth. A negroni which substitutes gin with tequila is called a tegroni or agavoni. Lastly, a white negroni is with gin, Lillet Blanc & Suze.
- 25ml Gin
- 25ml Campari
- 25ml Sweet Vermouth
- Orange peel to garnish
- Mixing glass
- Old Fashioned/ Rocks glass
- Sour the Gin, Campari & Vermouth into a mixing glass with plenty of ice
- Stir well until the outside feels cold
- Strain into an old fashioned glass with a large sphere ice cube or just lots of ice. You don’t want it to melt
- Garnish with a peel of an orange