The Negroni

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Author Notes: Rejoice! This 1:1:1 ratio will be the easiest cocktail recipe you’ll ever memorize. This drink is at its finest as an aperitif; all those tasty herbs wake up and cleanse the taste buds. Erika Kotite

Makes 1

  • 1 ounce smooth gin (I like Tanqueray or Plymouth)
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • Ice
  • Orange peel (for garnish)
  1. Stir gin, Campari and vermouth in a shaker or mixing glass filled partway with ice.
  2. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange twist.

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Topics: Cocktails

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2 months ago Jason McKenzie

No, no, no, no! Rim a martini glass with orange peel, shake 1/1/1 with ice, strain into martini glass, flame and garnish with orange twist. This bs trend of using huge ice blocks and serving them in rocks glasses messes up and misses the secret to this drink - the extra orange peel oil floating on top, which you need a martini glass to do properly. And the last thing you want is to water it down with melting ice. I sincerely think people get so caught up in trends they don't even bother to taste what they are making.


10 months ago CarlaK

You haven't had a great Negroni untl you have one made with Carpano Antica Formula vermouth. A true game changer! The vermouth also makes for a fabulous Americano. Campari all the way.


over 1 year ago khephra

A classic Negroni is NOT I repeat NOT a 1:1:1 ratio. It's 3:2:1 with a twist of lemon peel NOT orange. I don't know where these people come up with these recipes unless they're just lazy or drunk.


about 1 year ago Wayne Dobinson

International bartenders guild disagree's with you


about 1 year ago ashgod

Per the Campari website, a Negroni IS INDEED 1:1:1 and IS INDEED garnished with orange, not lemon. Having been to Milan, home of the cocktail, many many times, Food52 and Erika have it correct. Campari's recipe here:


over 1 year ago Aimless

I was inspired to make one that I'm about to drink right now. Using Punt e Mes and I also boosted the gin (Plymouth) to two ounces. It's less sweet and brings the Campari forward. The ultimate aperitif.


almost 2 years ago Yaya

The Negroni is a great drink to serve in a large silver bowl sitting on ice! A great party drink that can be prepared ahead of time. We were introduced to it in SF and then on to Italy!


over 2 years ago Darla 22

I use Punt e Mes as well, but I thought it *was* a vermouth?


over 2 years ago midasw

My old man taught me 50 years ago to substitute Punt e Mes for the vermouth. In Italy this variant is called a "Milano Torino". Try it!


over 2 years ago Paula G.

Sarah. In memory of Father Eddie.


over 2 years ago Tom Schier

BTW...their regular cocktail menu is awesome too.


over 2 years ago Tom Schier

Fig is by far one of the best restaurants I have ever been to. Great, distinctly low country food, not pretentious. If you go, this should be your first restaurant to visit. Yea, Husk is good too, but Fig is my favorite.


over 2 years ago Tom Schier

Fig restaurant in Charleston has a variety of Negroni cocktails on their menu. Check them out. Outlandish!!


over 2 years ago Erika Kotite

Erika is the founder of Toque magazine and is guiding us through classic cocktails from A to Z in the Booze52 series.

Wow--they take their cocktails seriously! Charleston bumps up a few places on my "must go" list now. Thanks for the tip.