If there’s one classic cocktail recipe that you should have in your back pocket if you want to add a touch of sophistication to your home bartending skills, it’s the Negroni!
With its signature deep red sheen and complex blend of premium flavors, few classic cocktails have the same timeless allure and sophistication as the Negroni. This elegant and refined Italian cocktail combines classic bitter and sweet notes to create the perfect marriage of sophisticated flavors and a tried-and-true favorite for sipping.
Want to make a Negroni at home? Read on to learn how, plus how you can level up your home bartending skills with a little help from American Cocktail Club.
What is a Negroni?
A Negroni is a classic three-ingredient cocktail that is made traditionally of gin, red vermouth, and Campari. A well-balanced negroni highlights the signature sharp bitterness of Campari, a traditional Italian aperitif, while also mellowing out the bite with the sweetness of red vermouth and delicate herbal notes of gin. Negronis are also traditionally garnished with a citrus addition like an orange peel, adding a sharp zing of citrus that perfectly balances all of the flavors. Together, these individual complex components combine to create a perfectly harmonious cocktail that is equal parts bitter, sweet, citrusy, and botanical.
The creation of the Negroni is often credited to Count Camillo Negroni, an Italian aristocrat in 1920s Florence, Italy, who wanted a stronger twist on the classic Americano cocktail made of Campari, sweet vermouth, and club soda. Over time, its complex and sophisticated flavors cemented the Negroni as a staple cocktail in Italy and beyond.
A Classic Negroni Recipe
Sophisticated and complex though its flavors are, the Negroni is remarkably easy to make at home. It requires just three ingredients, all in equal parts, as well as a citrus garnish.
To make a classic Negroni cocktail, you’ll need:
- Red Vermouth
If you really want to do this classic cocktail justice, you should also have appropriate mixology tools on hand, including a bar spoon, jigger, strainer, and an ice cube mold meant specifically for cocktails. If you’re using fresh citrus fruits, you should also have a peeler on hand to make pretty garnishes.
To make your Negroni:
- Use your jigger to measure 1.5 oz of gin. Pour it into a mixing glass filled with ice.
- Repeat with both red vermouth and Campari.
- Mix your concoction with a bar spoon until the entire drink is well-chilled.
- Place a large ice cube into your cocktail glass (preferably a rocks glass).
- Strain your drink into your cocktail glass.
- Garnish with an orange peel or dried orange slice.
How to make the easiest and most delicious Negroni from home with American Cocktail Club
The Negroni is deceptively easy to make, requiring only three key ingredients in equal parts. However, the key to making a delicious Negroni is to invest in premium liquors, mixers, and bitters to really make your concoction pop!
For the easiest and most delicious Negroni you can make at home, check out the Negroni Enthusiast box from American Cocktail Club. This cocktail kit makes it simple to make a delicious cocktail that rivals the ones that you would order from your favorite cocktail bar. It includes:
- 4 servings of premium gin
- 4 servings of Carpano Antica Formula Red Vermouth
- 4 servings of Campari Apertivo
- 1 bag of dehydrated orange wheels
- 1 long bar spoon for mixing
All of these elevated bar essentials are delivered straight to your door, making it easier than ever before to mix up a world-class cocktail that will impress your guests and satisfy your cravings.
Other delicious cocktails you might like from American Cocktail Club
If you’re reading this, you probably already appreciate the quiet sophistication of a classic cocktail that lets the signature flavors of its featured spirits shine. If so, you’ll love learning how to make another elegant favorite: the Old Fashioned! This kit features four servings of Jim Beam Kentucky Bourbon and Old Fashioned Mixer so that you can craft this classic smoky-sweet concoction from the comfort of your own home bar.
For those who appreciate the herbal flavors of gin combined with a sharp citrusy tang that is featured in the Negroni, the Great Fruit is another great cocktail recipe to learn. This tasty creation combines the botanical flavors of premium Bombay Sapphire Gin with the bright flavors of rosemary and grapefruits, all melded together with tequila and lime. The end creation: a velvety-smooth drink that’s sure to become a favorite sipper for hot summer days.
The Espresso Martini is a classic cocktail with a rich, indulgent twist that has skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years. Learn how to make your own with our Espresso Martini box, which comes equipped with Absolut Vodka, Owen’s Espresso Martini Mix, and a bag of dehydrated orange wheels for garnish. This kit even comes with a cocktail shaker so you can learn how to mix up your martinis the right way!
Finally, every good home bartender knows that there is so much more to learn than just the basics, and the sky is the limit for making delicious cocktail bar-worthy drinks with your own two hands. If you want to expand your bartending skills and experience premium mixology curations month after month, consider signing on for an American Cocktail Club subscription! Each month, you’ll get all of the ingredients needed to create a showstopping cocktail curated by award winning mixologist Bob Peters. Learn the art of mixology, all from the comfort of your own home bar.
Knowing how to make a Negroni is a must for any at-home bartender. Learning how is now even easier than ever before with American Cocktail Club’s Negroni Enthusiast box. From the premium spirits to the lip-smacking mixers and bitters all the way down to the garnish, you’ll love sipping on this utterly sophisticated cocktail again and again.
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