Negroni: A Classic Italian Cocktail

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The Negroni is a quintessential gin cocktail with a big, bold and bitter flavour profile.

Trends come and go, especially in the cocktail world but there’s one drink that is timeless—The Negroni! 

The Negroni is a classic Italian aperitif cocktail with a gin kick. It was originally created in 1919 for Count Camillo Negroni, who asked for a stronger version of the Americano (a combination of vermouth, Campari and soda water), so the bartender subbed out the soda in favour of gin, and orange slice instead of lemon– and the rest is history!

The Negroni has a strong, bitter and herbaceous flavour profile that divides the population. It’s like marmite - you either love it or hate it. There’s only one way to find out though, give the below recipe a shot and see which camp you fall into!

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30ml Gin
30ml Campari
30ml Sweet Vermouth

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Garnish Orange peel or orange wedge

Ice Cubes

Glass Rocks glass


Equipment Checklist

Mixing Glass Mixing Spoon
Strainer Jigger



Recommended Gins

Kangaroo Island Spirits O’Gin

Jensen's Dry Bermondsey Gin

78 Degrees Small Batch Dry Gin


1. Add all your ingredients to the mixing glass/tin.

2. Fill mixing glass with cubes of ice.

3. Stir for 30 seconds - 1 minute (until the mixing glass/tin is frosty).

4. Strain into an ice-cold old fashioned glass over cubes of ice.

5. Garnish with your choice of orange peel or an orange wedge.



Bartender’s Top Tips

One of the biggest mistakes with a Negroni is the sweet vermouth - remember that sweet vermouth is a fortified wine product that deteriorates over time. Make sure you store it in the fridge once opened and consume within 2 months.

Many recipes call for different garnishes. Always use either an orange peel or an orange wedge. The orange wedge will give you a sweeter, more rounded cocktail, while an orange peel results in a brighter, more aromatic drink.

If you don’t have a mixing glass or mixing tin that is fine - the drink works well making straight in the glass as well. The benefit of straining over new ice is bigger ice cubes that will keep your cocktail drink colder for longer and make it less watery.

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