The Best Negroni Recipe
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!
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.
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.
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). ?
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 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.
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!
The Best Negroni
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
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