A classic Italian cocktail known for its distinct and bold taste, the Negroni combines the bitterness of Campari, a bright red Italian bitter liqueur, the botanical flavors of gin and the sweetness of sweet vermouth. It offers a harmonious blend of herbal, fruity, and bitter notes, creating a unique and memorable drinking experience. It’s also a deliciously refreshing drink for the dog days of summer.
Here’s a step-by-step Negroni recipe to make a tasty cocktail today:
- 1 ounce (30 ml) gin
- 1 ounce (30 ml) Campari
- 1 ounce (30 ml) sweet vermouth
- Orange peel, for garnish
- Ice cubes
- Fill a mixing glass or cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
- Add the gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth to the mixing glass.
- Stir the mixture gently for about 30 seconds to combine the ingredients and chill the drink. Stirring ensures proper dilution without excessive melting of the ice.
- Strain the mixture into an old-fashioned glass or a rocks glass filled with ice cubes.
- Take an orange peel and twist it over the glass to release the oils. Rub the rim of the glass with the orange peel, then drop it into the drink as a garnish.
- Your Negroni is ready to be enjoyed! Sip it slowly and appreciate the bittersweet and citrusy flavors.
Note: If you prefer a stronger or lighter version of the Negroni, you can adjust the proportions of the gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth to suit your taste. Some variations also include a splash of soda water or an additional ingredient like a few dashes of orange bitters, but the classic recipe outlined above is the traditional version.