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Negroni Cocktail from Passion for Cocktails

A classic Cocktail dating back to 1919 created by Count Negroni in Florence Italy. Considered an aperitif (served before a meal) it has a geat contrast of bitter and sweet notes.

It is not a Cocktail for everyone as each of the flavours are powerful and distinct. 

The bitterness of Compari is offset by the complex Gin and sweetness of the Vermouth.  Well worth a try if you have never tasted one.

  • 1 shot Campari
  • 1 shot premium Gin
  • 1 shot sweet Vermouth
  • Twist of orange
How to make one: 

Combine the Gin, Vermouth and Campari straight into a glass - no need for a shaker. Add ice cubes to the glass.  Stir.  Strain into a very cold glass.

Squeeze the zest of an orange into the glass then garnish with the orange peel.


Whether folklore or not, it is said that the Negroni Cocktail hails from Florence in Italy in 1919. Count Camillo Negroni asked his local bartender (Fosco Scarselli) to add a' bit more punch' to his favourite Cocktail - The Americano.  Scarselli added Gin instead of the usual Soda Water and then to make it really different,  he added orange peel instead of Lemon as called for by the recipe for The Americano.

This proved to be a big hit not only with Negroni himself, but others as well; so much so it is said he established Negroni Distilleries in Treviso, Italy,  producing ready-made, concocted versions of his newly invented Cocktail.  This was sold under the banner, Antico Negroni 1919.

The Cocktail over the years has gained many followers and is now considered a Classic among Cocktails.

Glassware For This Cocktail

Rocks Cocktail Glass from Passion for Cocktails Rocks Glass
The Rocks Glass is known by several names - depending on where you are in the country and in which Cocktail lounge you are in.  It can be referred to as "An Old Fashioned", a "Tumbler", a "Whiskey" glass or even a "Low Ball" glass. This is a small glass with usually two or three ingredients only.   So called 'rocks' as they drink in this glass will contain invariably 'ice cubes'.  
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