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Negroni is an Italian cocktail made of Vermouth, Campari and gin, and garnished with an orange peel.

Negroni Cocktail

PREP TIME: ± 5min

YIELDS: 1 serving



Pour the gin, Vermouth and Campari into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.

Stir gently and serve chilled.


Garnish with ½ orange slice or peel in true Italian style.


You can also achieve a variety of flavours by adding different elements when making your Negroni. You can add interesting bitters such as cinnamon or maple for a stronger spicier cocktail. Other variations include the Orange, White and Mezcal Negroni.

For a more classic approach, you can simplify your Negroni by using other citrus fruits such as kumquat, a sprig of rosemary or add a gentle fizz by adding 30 ml of sparkling wine.

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The Negroni is a fashionable cafe favourite that has taken the world by storm. Hailing from 1920s Italy, the stylish cocktail is a light and easy to drink aperitif with a distinctive red colour. It is made from equal parts of three simple ingredients, meaning it is easy to prepare and just as easy to customise according to your preference.

A key element of the Negroni cocktail is gin which is used as the base for the drink. Gin is the most full flavoured of all clear spirits and is distilled from mixed grains and infused with a variety of flavours, and as such, it has a distinctive taste that comes from traditional botanicals such as juniper berries, citrus peel, and coriander.

Modern day distillers make use of more complex botanicals such as Rooibos and Honeybush, or what is available in a particular region, and produces a variety of new flavours and creative tastes to infuse local crafted gins and to give your Negroni cocktail extra flair, ideal for the warmer summer months.

Let’s take a look at some of the different key elements when making a Negroni.

Negronis work best with mild gin, or for a more intense taste use botanical varieties of gin. Campari possesses bitter notes, but if you dislike the flavour consider Cynar, Cardamaro or Aperol. The vermouth gives the cocktail a sweet and rounded edge which you exchange for a fortified wine such as sherry or port.

But exactly how do you make a Negroni? For a start, you will need the following ingredients:


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