The Negroni is a classic cocktail made with sweet vermouth, gin, and Campari, Italy’s most popular aperitif.

Classic Negroni garnished with orange.

Originally developed by Gaspare Campari in 1860 to serve in his Milan café, Campari is a proprietary infusion of aromatics, herbs, and fruits.

It is Italy’s most popular aperitif and its distinctive taste and vivid color make it a favorite for creating both classic and contemporary cocktails.

Here you’ll find a recipe for the Classic Negroni and its most popular variation, The Americano.

Both include sweet vermouth, and while any brand will do, if you want to stay authentic, pick up a bottle of Cinzano Rosso.

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Classic Negroni and Campari Cocktails

Classic Negroni

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The Negroni is a classic cocktail made with sweet vermouth, gin, and Campari, Italy's most popular aperitif.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce Cinzano Rosso Vermouth, or other sweet vermouth
  • 3/4 ounce gin

Instructions

  • Pour all the ingredients into a highball glass with ice. Garnish with a slice of orange.

Tips for Making This Recipe

The Americano Cocktail

  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • Soda
Pour the Campari and vermouth into a highball glass filled with ice and stir.
Top with club soda and garnish with a slice of orange.
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