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The Negroni cocktail is a timeless and iconic libation known for its perfect balance of bitter, sweet, and herbal flavors. Originating in Italy in the early 20th century, the Negroni has since become a beloved classic cocktail enjoyed by enthusiasts around the world. Its distinctive crimson hue and complex flavor profile make it a favorite among cocktail connoisseurs.


Ingredients and Tools:

  • 30 ml (1 oz) gin

  • 30 ml (1 oz) Campari

  • 30 ml (1 oz) sweet vermouth

  • Ice cubes

  • Mixing glass

  • Mixing spoon

  • Jigger

  • Orange twist or slice for garnish (optional)

Preparation Steps:

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes.

  2. Measure and pour 30 ml (1 oz) of gin into the mixing glass.

  3. Add 30 ml (1 oz) of Campari to the glass.

  4. Pour 30 ml (1 oz) of sweet vermouth into the glass.

  5. Stir the mixture gently with a mixing spoon for about 30 seconds to chill the ingredients.

  6. Strain the cocktail into a rocks glass filled with ice.

  7. Optionally, garnish with an orange twist or slice.

Flavor Profile:

The Negroni cocktail offers a bold and complex flavor profile, with the herbal notes of gin, the bittersweetness of Campari, and the richness of sweet vermouth coming together harmoniously. It's a sophisticated and versatile drink that's perfect for sipping on any occasion.

Mixoloco - Mixology Tips:

  • Gin Selection: Choosing the right gin is crucial for a delicious Negroni. Opt for a quality gin with a balanced botanical profile that complements the other ingredients.

  • Vermouth Ratio: Adjusting the ratio of sweet vermouth can significantly impact the overall flavor of the Negroni. Experiment with different ratios to find the perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness. Initially, I used equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth in my Negroni, but I found it too sweet for my taste. Reducing the amount of sweet vermouth slightly allowed the other flavors to shine through, resulting in a more balanced cocktail.

  • Chilling Technique: Properly chilling the Negroni is essential for achieving the ideal drinking temperature without diluting the drink. Stirring the cocktail with ice for about 30 seconds ensures the perfect balance of chill without over-dilution.

  • Garnish Choice: While the classic garnish for the Negroni is an orange twist or slice, you can experiment with other citrus fruits or even herbs to add a unique twist to the cocktail.

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