The Negroni

February 6, 2013

Test Kitchen-Approved

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)
In This Recipe


  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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Reviews (20) Questions (0)

20 Reviews

İlkay O. June 18, 2018
It’s better With Antica Formula from İtaly:)
LouLou April 25, 2016
I wanted to like this cocktail because I love Campari, however, it was just too "alchoholy" tasting. :(
Claire S. May 26, 2016
Same here :/ any suggestions for a solid cocktail with Campari?
Fe L. December 20, 2018
Rachel R. December 30, 2015
Jason McKenzie is absolute correct! No ice in glass. also negroni is stirred with ice, not shaken. The pour in martini glass. No ice. Garnish with orange peel.
Jason M. June 19, 2015
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.
CarlaK October 26, 2014
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.
khephra February 13, 2014
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.
Wayne D. June 4, 2014
International bartenders guild disagree's with you
ashgod June 4, 2014
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:
Judi December 31, 2015
That's completely wrong.
Aimless February 5, 2014
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.
Yaya September 15, 2013
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!
Darla 2. May 23, 2013
I use Punt e Mes as well, but I thought it *was* a vermouth?
midasw March 29, 2013
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!
Paula G. February 24, 2013
Sarah. In memory of Father Eddie.<br />
Tom S. February 7, 2013
BTW...their regular cocktail menu is awesome too.
Tom S. February 7, 2013
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.
Tom S. February 7, 2013
Fig restaurant in Charleston has a variety of Negroni cocktails on their menu. Check them out. Outlandish!!
Author Comment
Erika K. February 7, 2013
Wow--they take their cocktails seriously! Charleston bumps up a few places on my "must go" list now. Thanks for the tip.