The Best Negroni Recipe

Feb 19, 2021 | Drink, Recipes

The Best Negroni Recipe | Go Messy or Go Hungry

I’ve been on a negroni kick for um… probably over a year now. At first I thought it was just a fling but at this point we’re probably officially in a long term relationship. I’ve even gotten Marc — a self-described gin hater — to like them!

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So I figured I’d just make it official and share my recipe for the Best Negroni — one that even gin haters are guaranteed to love.

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The Best Negroni Recipe | Go Messy or Go Hungry

But perhaps I’m getting ahead of myself. For the uninitiated, a the negroni is a classic Italian cocktail. Deceptively simple (it traditionally only has three ingredients), a really good negroni balances the herbal flavors of gin with the bitterness of campari and the sweetness of vermouth.

The Best Negroni Recipe | Go Messy or Go Hungry

Although it seems simple — just combine equal parts of each ingredient — it’s really easy to screw up. A little too much campari and it’s disgustingly bitter, too much vermouth and it’s syrupy sweet, too much gin and… well ok depending on who you are that may or may not be possible (as you will see below, I like my negronis gin heavy). 😄

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The Best Negroni Recipe | Go Messy or Go Hungry

Despite the traditional negroni being simple, everyone has their own interpretation and you’ll find a variation at any good cocktail bar or restaurant (I love a good mezcal negroni too).

The Best Negroni Recipe | Go Messy or Go Hungry

The variation I’ve settled on for our home negroni combines the classic ingredients with a few “secrets” (well, not secret anymore since I’m about to tell you) to create a version that’s approachable while still staying true to the classic. If you decide to try your own hand, I’d HIGHLY suggest you get quality ingredients — when there’s only a few it makes a huge difference. 

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The Best Negroni Recipe | Go Messy or Go Hungry

Lastly, while it may seem like an unconventional pairing, I’ve come to really love a good negroni with my pizza. Like, I think I’ve trained myself to crave a negroni if I’m eating pizza. 😂 Try it and let me know what you think!

Cheers 💙

The Best Negroni

Yield | 1 serving
Notes
I like to add in a (very small!) dash of triple sec and a few dashed of orange bitters as I like the extra orange flavor. These additions are totally optional and can be omitted, but I do recommend the triple sec if you find the bitter flavor of a traditional negroni too strong.
Gin: I like my negroni heavy on the gin so when pouring, I fill an ounce cocktail jigger and then keep pouring a little extra gin into the mixing glass. 😄 I love Waterloo Gin from Treaty Oak Distilling which is local to Austin, but any high quality gin will do (like Tanqueray).
Campari: I like to reduce the traditional 1 oz to a ½ ounce, but feel free to play around with the proportions — if you don't like bitter flavors feel free to reduce this even further. It's very potent!
Vermouth: I highly recommend Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, as it will some really delicious flavors to your negroni. Dolin is also another brand that's commonly sold in stores that's good — buy the red one.
For a mezcal negroni: Replace gin with mezcal. A more herbal mezcal is best here (as opposed to an earthy or smoky one) — I've had luck with espadín or cuiche varieties.
For a boulevardier (aka a negroni with whiskey): Replace gin with a bourbon (like Buffalo Trace or Maker's).

Ingredients

  • 1 generous ounce gin (see notes)
  • ½ ounce campari
  • 1 ounce sweet (red) vermouth (see notes)
  • Dash triple sec (optional)
  • 2 dashes orange bitters (optional)
  • Orange peel for garnish, optional

Directions

  • Prepare your glasses: Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes, and place a large ice cube if you have it (or a few smaller cubes) into an old-fashioned or similar sized glass.
  • Add gin, campari, and vermouth to the mixing glass along with triple sec and orange bitters if using. Stir for 10-15 seconds, or until everything is evenly mixed and thoroughly chilled.
  • Strain into your chilled drinking glass. Optionally you can take your orange peel and squeeze it next to a lighted match or lighter over your drink, or you can just run the peel over the edge of the glass and drop it in.
  • Enjoy!

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