The Famous Negroni Cocktail

  • PrepTime: 3 Mins
  • CookTime: 0 Mins
  • TotalTime: 3 Mins


  1. 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  2. 1 ounce Campari
  3. 1 ounce gin
  4. Garnish: orange slice or twist


  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Pour the ingredients into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice cubes.
  3. Stir well.
  4. Gently squeeze an orange twist or slice over the glass, then add it as a garnish.
  5. Enjoy!
  6. Regan G. The Negroni Drinking to La Dolce Vita, with Recipes & Lore. Penguin Random House. 2015.


  1. 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 good choices.
  2. Choose a sweet vermouth that's of equal quality to the gin and Campari. Carpano Antico, Cocchi, and Dolin are all good choices.
  3. 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.
  4. If you pour a full-strength Negroni and find that it's too much for you, try "training your palate" to enjoy the bitter taste. Cut the Campari in half and double up on the gin the next time you mix one up. After a while, your taste buds will become used to the unique taste and you can work back up to the original recipe.
  5. Not a fan of gin? Pour vodka instead. The drink will be similar to a Campari cocktail, though the vermouth is a nice addition.