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The Negroni is a classic Italian cocktail, made with gin, sweet vermouth and Campari.  This not too sweet gin cocktail is refreshing for a summer evening.

Closeup overhead of negroni with ice and orange peel

Summer is unofficially here, so I wanted to bring to your attention the increasingly popular Negroni cocktail.  I have been  loving the negroni lately, because it is spirit forward, yet still refreshing.  I love gin in the summertime, and the negroni is a fresh alternative to a standard gin and tonic.

What is a Negroni?

A Negroni is an Italian cocktail.  The ingredients are gin, sweet red vermouth and Campari.  It is an aperitif, which makes it a perfect pre-dinner cocktail.

campari pouring into glass

What is Campari?

Campari is an alcoholic liqueur, made from herbs and bitter citrus fruits.  It originally was colored red by crushed up cochineal insects – also know as carmine dye.  Not to worry!  Campari is now made using food dye instead of bugs.Finished negroni with bottle of campari

Why is it called a Negroni?

Apparently, the cocktail is named after Count Camillo Negroni.  In 1919 in Florence, Italy, he complained that the popular Americano cocktail wasn’t strong enough.  The Americano is made with soda water instead of gin.  The Count wanted a stronger drink, and so he asked to replace the soda water with gin.  And the Negroni was born!

What does a Negroni Taste Like?

A negroni may take you by surprise with its bitter notes.  The bright red color may indicate it is syrupy sweet, but it isn’t very sweet at all.  Because Campari has such a strong bitter flavor, the negroni taste is reminiscent of bitter orange peel or grapefruit.  The sweet red vermouth balances the bitterness, making it a pleasant drink for those who don’t like sweet cocktails.two negroni cocktails from above

How to make a Negroni

The classic negroni recipe is easy to make and easy to remember: 1 part gin, 1 part sweet red vermouth, 1 part Campari.  Pour over ice in an Old Fashioned glass.  Stir, and garnish with an orange peel or wedge.

If you love this recipe, be sure to try  my Manhattan Cocktail.

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Prep 1 minute
Total 1 minute
Servings 1 Serving
The Negroni is a classic Italian cocktail, made with gin, sweet vermouth and Campari.  This not too sweet gin cocktail is refreshing for a summer evening.


  • 1 ounce dry gin
  • 1 ounce sweet red vermouth
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 orange peel or slice


  • Pour liquid ingredients into a rocks glass with ice.  Stir to mix.  Garnish with orange peel.


Use a vegetable peeler to easily make an orange peel garnish.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
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Hello! I’m Meghan.

I am so glad that you are here! I am the recipe developer, photographer, and writer here at my blog Fox and Briar. I am a passionate, self-taught home cook and believe that most things are better homemade and that good food doesn’t need to be complicated.

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