negroni cocktails for summer

One of the things that I miss most about ESTATE in the summer is the interesting cocktails that the staff would create using Italian aperitivos, bitters and spirits. A good Negroni should be available at any respectable bar, as the classic cocktail contains standard items (namely, gin, vermouth, and Campari). The real fun comes in when experimenting with some of the items not-quite-so familiar. Here are a handful of delicious Negroni recipes, I hope you will give a few of these a try!


The history lesson about the NEGRONI Cocktail.

The Negroni is also one of the few cocktails with a traceable history that goes all the way back to the early 20th century. Its origins are documented in the book Sulle Tracce del Conte: La Vera Storia del Cocktail Negroni, which was written by Lucca Picchi, head bartender at Caffe Rivoire in Florence, Italy. The drink was created at Bar Casoni in Florence, according to Picchi, when Count Camillo Negroni ordered an Americano—sweet vermouth, Campari and club soda—with gin swapped in for the standard soda.

This all went down circa 1920, after Count Negroni returned from the United States, where he rode the range, busting many a bronco on his travels in the Wild West. He was a tough man, by all accounts, and when American newsman Bob Davis bumped into him during a trip to Italy in 1928, he was sporting full cowboy regalia. “You speak English?” asked Davis. “You’re tootin’ I do, hombre,” replied the Count.

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Each of the following recipes will make one cocktail. Whether you like your Negroni up or on the rocks, it will be just perfect for a warm summer evening. 


Negroni Classico

1 oz Gin
1 oz Campari
1 oz Dubonnet rouge
Orange slice or orange twist

Stir the ingredients together over ice and strain into a chilled martini glass straight up or serve on the rocks. Garnish with an orange slice or an orange twist.

Negroni Sbagliato

1 oz Punt e Mes
1 oz Campari
2 oz Prosecco
Orange slice

Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice cubes. Add the Punt e Mes and Campari, then top with the prosecco; stir to combine. Garnish with the slice of orange.
The Negroni Sbagliato is basically a Negroni that calls for prosecco instead of gin.
(Sbagliato means “wrong” or “mistaken,” as in, “I messed up and mistakenly put sparkling wine in this Negroni instead of gin.”)

Aperol Negroni

1 oz gin
1 oz Aperol
1 oz Carpano Antica
Orange slice

Fill a mixing glass two-thirds full with ice, add the gin, Aperol and the Carpano Antica. Stir vigorously, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the orange slice.

Sicilian Rose

3/4 oz Averno
3/4 oz Campari
1/2 oz Blood Orange Puree
3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
Orange wheel

Pour all ingredients into rocks glass, add ice, stir, garnish with an orange wheel.

Cin Cyn

1 oz gin
1 oz sweet vermouth
1 oz Cynar
2 dashes orange bitters
Orange twist

Stir the first three ingredients over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add two dashes of bitters and garnish with a slice of orange peel.

Unusual Negroni

1 oz gin
1 oz Aperol
1 oz Lillet Blanc

Fill a mixing glass two-thirds full with ice, then add the gin, Aperol and Lillet Blanc. Stir vigorously, then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with the orange slice.

Aperol Negroni Spritz

1 oz gin
1 oz Aperol
1 oz Carpano Antica
1 oz club soda

Pour all but soda into rocks glass, add rocks, add soda, stir.

Santo Spirito

2 oz dry gin
1 oz Amaro Averna
½ oz lemon juice
Prosecco to top

Shake first three ingredients and double strain into a champagne flute. Top with prosecco.


Do you have a Negroni cocktail favorite with a twist??

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