The Classic Negroni Cocktail

updated Aug 8, 2022
Classic Negroni Recipe

The combination of four simple ingredients — Campari, sweet vermouth, gin, and orange peel — is seriously the perfect sip.

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The classic Negroni cocktail might be my favorite drink. I know this is a bold statement, but the combination of four simple ingredients is seriously the perfect sip. This cocktail is sexy and smooth and perfectly suited for anyone in need of a happy hour.

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Cocktail lore and legend is part of the fun of drinking. So many sips have multiple tales on how they’ve come to be in your glass today. The Negroni is no exception, and has earned its very own book authored by none other than cocktail guru Gaz Regan (formerly known as Gary Regan). The Negroni, A Gaz Regan Notion is packed with stories from drink pros like Wondrich, Salvatore Calabrese, Dale DeGroff, and Jim Meehan. Most bar men and women have had a love affair with this tiny wonder on ice.

The mere existence of the book proves you need to get to know the Negroni, that is if you don’t already have a special place in your heart for it. The coolest way to drink a Negroni? Grab a glass, ice-filled of course, and get to stirring your way to a stellar happy hour tonight.

Fresh Cocktails for Negroni-lovers

For Negroni-lovers, try Negroni Sbagliato, another classic Italian cocktail that uses Prosecco instead of gin. There’s also Frozen Negroni or if you want more options, check out these five cocktails.

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Classic Negroni Recipe

The combination of four simple ingredients — Campari, sweet vermouth, gin, and orange peel — is seriously the perfect sip.

Serves 1

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice. Add the Campari, vermouth, and gin, and stir to combine.

  2. Run the flamed orange peel around the edge of the glass, lightly squeezing to express the oils. Drop the peel into the glass and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

A plain orange peel works just as well here.  

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