Negroni cocktail

Negroni cocktail
A Negroni cocktail is an Italian classic served usually as an aperitif. The cocktail is beautiful in its appearance and has a memorable taste.
The origin of Negroni was first associated with Count Camillo Negroni of Florence who in 1919 asked the bartender to make a stronger version of his Americano and to swap the soda with gin. The result of this experiment was liked not only by the Count but also by other guests. The Negroni family have since disputed this, and claim that another ancestor Pascal Olivier de Negroni de Cardi, Comte de Negroni invented the drink.
In 1948, the cocktail was officially named after its creator. From that time onwards, the Count had his cocktail decorated purposefully with an orange slice so that others wouldn't confuse a Negroni cocktail with an Americano which looked very similar.
The Boulevardier cocktail is another popular variation of the Negroni – it uses whisky instead of gin.
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • Lowball glass


  • 50 ml gin
  • 50 ml sweet vermouth
  • 50 ml Campari
  • orange twist (to garnish)


  • Mix the gin, vermouth and Campari in a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir well until well-chilled.
  • Strain the mix into rocks glasses filled with large ice cubes.
  • Garnish with an orange twist and serve.


Is a Negroni an aperitif?

Yes, it was created to be a sweet aperitif.

What is an aperitif?

The word Aperitif was originally used by the French to refer to an alcoholic drink to be consumed before dinner. Some popular examples of an aperitif are; the French Martini, Dubonnet, Vesper Martini, Aperol Spritz or the Cardinale cocktail.

Is a Negroni a digestif?

A digestif is a post-dinner drink, this is a bitter aperitif to be served before the meal. A French Connection cocktail is a known digestif we have a recipe for.

Is a Negroni sweet?

No, almost the opposite – this is a strong, bitter-tasting drink.

What are the best gin cocktails?

If you like a gin cocktail we also have a roundup of the 10 best gin cocktails – it’s not official, but we think you’ll find the list quite inspiring!

Campari is an Italian alcoholic liqueur, obtained from the infusion of herbs and fruit mixed in alcohol and water. It has a bitter taste and is characterised by its dark red colour.

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