Negroni Cocktail Recipe – How to Make a Negroni

This recipe is simple, easy to make, and it tastes great!

Negroni cocktail with orange peel and ice.
Negroni cocktail with orange peel and ice.

The Negroni is one of my favorite cocktails to make all year round. The recipe is simple, the cocktail is easy to make, and it tastes great. I can make a few in one night for myself and my guests with minimal effort.

So reach for your Rocks glass (the glass traditionally intended for the cocktail) and get ready to make some Negronis.

History of the Negroni

It all started in Florence, Italy during the 1920s. Count Camillo Negroni walked into the Casoni Cafe, (now the Giacosa Cafe) and told the barman to add gin to his American Highball cocktail (This sounds like the beginning of a bad joke but it’s actually what happened). The barman switches the soda water with gin, the count gets his gin cocktail, and loves it.

General Pascal Olivier Count De Negroni 2
General Pascal Olivier Count de Negroni.

The Negroni cocktail recipe gained popularity, and thus, another classic cocktail was born. If you’re interested in other cocktails from the 1920s, check out our 1920s cocktail post here

Negroni Cocktail Recipe With Rosemary Garnish
Negroni cocktail with rosemary garnish.

What Are the Best Ingredients for A Negroni?

This Negroni cocktail recipe is fairly easy, but of course, the better quality the ingredients, the better tasting your Negroni will be. We recommend using Fords Gin or Tanqueray to make your Negroni. Also, using Martini and Rossi Sweet Vermouth may give you a different flavor profile than if you use Cocchi Vermouth di Torino.

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Classic Negroni Cocktail Recipe

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Recipe by Julian Solorzano Course: GinCuisine: Classic CocktailDifficulty: Easy ?






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The Negroni is one of my favorite cocktails to make all year round. The recipe is simple, the cocktail is easy to make, and it tastes great.


  • 1 Ounce Gin

  • 1 Ounce Campari

  • 1 Ounce Sweet vermouth

  • 1 Block Ice

  • 1 Slice Orange peel (for garnish)


  • Put ice directly into a rocks glass
  • Pour the Campari, sweet vermouth and gin into your rocks glass
  • Use a stirring spoon and swivel for 10 seconds
  • Garnish with orange peel (optional)
  • Enjoy your Negroni

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  • On the palette, the Negroni can have a bit of a bitter aftertaste on the tongue that goes away quite quickly, but that taste is supposed to be there and is what makes the Negroni so distinctive.

Variations on the Negroni

The Negroni cocktail can also be stirred directly in your Rock glass, but there are other factors that might make it even better. Check out this video to learn the three different versions of the Negroni cocktail to make with three different levels of expertise.

Different preparation methods for making a Negroni.

Conclusion: Negroni Cocktail Recipe


Are you as much of a fan of strong, bitter and smokey cocktails as I am? If so, then we should start a Negroni fan club where we sit around and drink Negronis all night long. Click here if you want to know about another one of my favorites, the Boulevardier, considered to be the Negronis french cousin. And if you liked this Negroni cocktail recipe, let us know in the comments. Cheers everyone, see you next time, and get hammered.

Written by Julian Solorzano

Hailing from Queens, New York, Julian Solorzano served four years in the United States Air Force, traveling throughout Europe and experiencing the best of the local cultures, including their passion for good food and wine. He has since grown an appreciation for all things wine and mixology. Julian fuses that passion with his skills in writing, photography, and video production to share his passion with the world.

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