The Classic Negroni

June 06, 2017

classic negroni

When it comes to classic drinks, few old-school cocktails have enjoyed a more enthusiastic comeback than the Negroni. With a simple 1:1:1 ratio of gin, Campari and sweet vermouth, it's not only easy to whip up, but its bittersweet profile is also perfect for whetting your appetite before a meal.

Created in the late 1800s, Campari is an Italian infusion of herbs, fruit and spices. It first became popular in the Milano-Torino, a mixture of Campari, sweet vermouth and soda. The cocktail was later renamed the Americano, supposedly for its reputation as a low alcohol cocktail that would prevent boisterous American troops from getting too drunk.

In early 20th century Florence, the Count Negroni (yup, a real person!) decided to mix things up. Craving a stiffer drink, he subbed in gin for the Americano's soda water, and the Negroni was born.

The Classic Negroni
Makes two drinks

  • 1 & 1/2 shots gin
  • 1 & 1/2 shots campari
  • 1 & 1/2 shots sweet vermouth (we prefer Antica Carpano or other Italian red vermouths)
  • 1 strip of orange zest (plus 2 to garnish)
  1. Add the gin, Campari, sweet vermouth and a strip of orange zest to a mixing glass.
  2. Add ice to above the level of the liquid, and stir for 15 seconds.
  3. Strain the mixture into rocks glasses containing large cubes of ice, and garnish with remaining orange zest.

campari cap with orange