One of my wife’s favorite cocktails to have in the evenings is a Negroni so I thought I’d share this Negroni cocktail recipe with all of you since I tend to make them regularly.

Negroni Cocktail
Negroni Cocktail

What is a Negroni?

The Negroni cocktail doesn’t have any officially known origins but it’s believed to have been first created around 1919. It’s a great drink that combines three primary ingredients; Gin, Vermouth and Campari.

It’s commonly served in an old fashioned glass and while some places serve it with chipped ice (which is a huge no-no in my books for pretty much any cocktail as it waters them down horribly), it’s best to serve it with a large ice cube. I make mine using my Whisky Barrel Ice Baller. It’s awesome and makes beautiful ice balls (and no I’m not an affiliate, I just really like it).

What does a Negroni taste like?

I would liken the taste to a bitter, sweet orange taste. The Campari and vermouth combined well and you either love it or you hate it. Do keep in mind, however, that this is a strong drink so expect it to taste like one.

Negroni Cocktail

How to Make a Negroni

To make a Negroni, you’ll need a few key ingredients; Gin, Campari and Sweet Vermouth. You’ll also need a Boston Shaker or similar to shake it with ice and combine the spirits. Get yourself a nice old fashioned glass similar to the one I have pictured here (you can often find these quite easily at thrift stores or the like for quite cheap) and either get an ice baller or purchase a silicon ice cube mold to make your own (linked below).

Recommended Garnish

This drink is always garnished with an orange peel, slice or similar. In my case, I wanted to make the drink pop a bit more so I decided to char my orange slice to give it a slightly more visually appealing look. I literally just did this over a gas burner in my kitchen so it’s not particularly hard and you don’t need any special tools to do it. I also happen to think it makes this picture look far more interesting.

Burnt Orange garnish on a Negroni
Burnt Orange garnish on a Negroni

Negroni Variations

Here are a few classic variations on the cocktail that you might want to try.

  • Americano
    An Americano is a variation consisting of just the Campari and Sweet Vermouth with no gin and a splash of soda.
  • Boulevardier
    This is another common variation that replaces the gin with whiskey.
  • Dutch Negroni
    A Dutch Negroni uses the same ingredients but substitutes Jenever instead of gin.

Some other great cocktails to try

  1. The Bronx Cocktail
  2. The American Fizz Cocktail
  3. How to Make a Gibson Cocktail
  4. Bijou Cocktail Recipe


~Mr Magpie (Mike)


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Negroni Cocktail
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins

The Negroni cocktail doesn't have any officially known origins but it's believed to have been first created around 1919. It's a great drink that combines three primary ingredients; Gin, Vermouth and Campari.

Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: negroni
Servings: 1
Calories: 170 kcal
Author: Mr. Kitchen Magpie
  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 slice orange
  1. Combine vermouth, gin and Campari in a Shaker with ice.

  2. Shake until cold to the touch.

  3. Pour over a large ice cube into an old fashioned glass.

  4. Garnish with an orange slice.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values may vary.

Nutrition Facts
Negroni Cocktail
Amount Per Serving
Calories 170
% Daily Value*
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Sugars 1g
Vitamin C 9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I don't cook or bake but I do write. I'm the one who gets stuck with the cleaning. I ALSO love my kids, chocolate, my wife and bourbon. The order depends on when you ask. Read his latest tech article on his other website, CMS Critic: How to start a food blog. You can find me on Instagram@MrKitchenMagpie

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