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.
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.
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).
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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.
Here are a few classic variations on the cocktail that you might want to try.
An Americano is a variation consisting of just the Campari and Sweet Vermouth with no gin and a splash of soda.
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
~Mr Magpie (Mike)
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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.
- 1 ounce gin
- 1 ounce Campari
- 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
- 1 slice orange
Combine vermouth, gin and Campari in a Shaker with ice.
Shake until cold to the touch.
Pour over a large ice cube into an old fashioned glass.
Garnish with an orange slice.
Nutritional values may vary.