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Negroni Cocktail Recipes

Negroni Cocktail Recipes

The Negroni is said to have been created in Italy around 100 years ago and has become a staple on the menu in many bars around the world.

London Dry Negroni

The Penrhos Classic negroni

It is well known that having a great gin is an essential part for a delicious Negroni so we believe you should only be mixing with the best! 

Ingredients:
  • 25ml Penrhos Dry
  • 25ml Sweet Red Vermouth
  • 25ml Campari

How to make a Negroni: Use an Old Fashioned glass and add ice. Pour all ingredients into your glass and stir together. Garnish with a twist of orange peel and serve!

WHAT IS A NEGRONI?

This classic and easy-to-make cocktail is a drink of three equal parts – typically made with Campari (an alcoholic spirit infused with bitter herbs, aromatic plants, and fruit), sweet vermouth (a flavored white wine), and gin. Most typically garnished with a twist of orange peel. However, over the years people have created their own versions… But, Campari is key (and one-third of a Negroni), it’s (arguably) the only ingredient you can’t change.

When Do YOU DRINK A NEGRONI?

In Italy a Negroni should be enjoyed as an aperitif, just before dinner. Typically, during this time light, slightly bitter drinks and small servings of food are served and are said to ‘open your palate’ for an upcoming meal but not fill you up.

This classic, bitter cocktail, is so popular that you’ll now see it being sipped at all times of the day. 

What should a negroni taste like?

Overall, it’s an aromatic bitter cocktail with sweet and fruity notes. It’s often described as an acquired taste because of its full-bodied bitter-sweet flavours, but the orange zest adds a fruity balance which makes for an easily quaffable cocktail.

Alternative Negroni recipes

The 'bluegroni'

A delicious twist on the classic cocktail using our award-winning Blueberry Liqueur. This makes an appetizing Christmas drink which will leave you wanting more.

Ingredients:
  • 25ml Penrhos Blueberry Liqueur
  • 25ml Sweet Red Vermouth
  • 25ml Campari

How to make a Bluegroni: Add all your ingredients into a glass with ice, stir together and garnish with blueberries. A very simple and sophisticated drink.

Bluegroni with blueberry garnish
Rhubarb Negroni with Rhubarb Gin

Rhubarb Negroni

If the classic Negroni is a little too tart then give a Rhubarb Negroni a try. This citrusy cocktail is a lovely sweet introduction to the Italian classic.

Ingredients:
  • 25ml Penrhos Rhubarb Gin
  • 25ml Sweet Red Vermouth
  • 25ml Campari
  • 15ml Orange Juice (fresh is best)

How to make a Rhubarb Negroni: Add ice to your glass. Pour all ingredients over the ice and gently stir. Garnish with a slice of orange and enjoy!

The White Negroni

With parched herbs and citrus notes, this cocktail sits somewhere between the Classic and Rhubarb Negroni in terms of rich smoky bitterness. 

Ingredients:
  • 30ml Penrhos Dry Gin
  • 30ml Lillet Blanc
  • 30ml dry vermouth (we like to use Suze as a good alternative)
  • Rosemary or Grapefruit zest twist (to garnish)

How to make a White Negroni: Grab a glass and add a couple of ice cubes. Add gin, Lillet Blanc and dry vermouth to a mixing glass and stir both ways. Then pour and garnish.

Traditionally a White Negroni is garnished with the zest of grapefruit but you can use lemon zest too or our way is to lean into the herby notes and use a sprig of rosemary.

White Negroni recipe ingredients

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