Negroni Cocktail

The Negroni is one of the easiest cocktails to make at home! Made with one part each of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth, it's a little bitter, a little sweet, and oh so delicious.

What is a negroni? A cocktail made with gin, sweet vermouth, and campari
Nancy Mitchell

You may love it or hate it, but you'll never forget your first Negroni! This cocktail can be a bit polarizing, but for those who love it, it inspires an almost fanatical devotion.

Earthy, bitter, and sweet all at once, its simple proportions—one part each of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth—make it one of the easiest cocktails to mix at home!

Negroni cocktails with campari and gin
Nancy Mitchell

The History of the Negroni

Legend has it that the Negroni originated in 1919 at an Italian café when Count Negroni asked for an Americano (Campari, vermouth, and club soda) with gin in place of the club soda. The mix was serendipitous, and a famous cocktail was born.

Since then the Negroni has become incredibly popular. It has such an enthusiastic following in the cocktail world that there is a whole event devoted to it! During Negroni Week you can sip Negronis at local bars and a portion of the proceeds will go to charity.

What Should I Know About Campari?

There is only one brand of Campari, and if you're going to make this drink you definitely need some.

Campari is a bitter, herbal Italian liqueur. It also has notes of orange and a bit of spicy sweetness. If you’ve ever had Aperol – the star of the Aperol spritz – then you get the idea: They both belong to the family of bitter Italian liqueurs called Amaros, but the bitterness of Campari is a bit more pronounced. Campari gives the Negroni its characteristic bitter edge, and also its bright red color. You can find Campari in the liqueurs section at most larger liquor stores.

What Gin and Vermouth Should I Use?

While you can certainly use a premium gin in a Negroni, it's not necessary to spend a lot of money. A mid-range gin (I like Boodles or Broker's) will do fine.

However, it is worth shelling out for a nicer sweet vermouth. Carpano Antica is really the dream, but other high-end vermouths will do as well.

Bitter Negroni cocktail drink made with three ingredients
Nancy Mitchell

What Glass Should I Use?

I've always preferred this drink served up—that is, without ice—in a cocktail glass. But it's far more common (at bars and on the internet) to see it served in an old fashioned glass, over ice. Try both and see what you like!

What Are the Correct Proportions?

The incredibly simple proportions of the Negroni (just 1: 1: 1) are surely a part of its enduring appeal, but you can make it other ways. I've had Negronis made with two parts gin to one part vermouth and Campari, which results in a delicate (albeit gin-heavy) drink. I've also seen recipes that favor Campari over the sweet vermouth for a more bitter, bracing cocktail.

As with all cocktails, I encourage you to experiment! Start with the classic recipe, then let your imagination and your inclinations take you from there.

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Negroni Cocktail

Prep Time 2 mins
Total Time 2 mins
Serving 1 serving


  • 1 1/2 ounces gin

  • 1 1/2 ounces Campari

  • 1 1/2 ounces sweet (Italian) vermouth

  • Ice

  • Orange peel for garnish


  1. Make the drink:

    Combine all ingredients into a shaker or mixing glass, add ice, and stir for 30 seconds. Let sit for 30 seconds, and then strain into a cocktail glass or, if you prefer, an old fashioned glass with ice.

  2. Garnish:

    Garnish with orange peel.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
293 Calories
0g Fat
20g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 293
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 6mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 8mg 41%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 55mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.