Classic Negroni Recipe and How To Make a Negroni

Best-ever negronis

What's great about the negroni, apart from the fact that it tastes delicious, is that it's super-easy to make at home, it just needs three ingredients in equal measures. Classic is great, but there are some fantastic twists out there too, so we've pulled together a few of our favourites.

Looking for a classic negroni recipe? Here’s how to make a negroni cocktail, you only need gin, vermouth and campari. Or read on to see some great twists on the Italian aperitivo…


The classic negroni

This is so simple to make and you can pretty much use any gin you fancy, so experiment and see which you like best. We’ve used Four Pillars for this, an Australian gin from the Yarra Valley. You can play around with the measure (try 25ml, for instance) as long as the ratio remains the same.

what you’ll need

Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin 45ml

Campari 45ml

Red Cocchi Vermouth Di Torino 45ml

orange segment 1

what to do

Pour ingredients over ice in an old-fashioned glass and stir together.  Squeeze and drop an orange segment into the glass and serve.

The rogroni

This is the same principal as the classic but uses spicy Regal Rogue vermouth for a fresher, lighter update to the traditional, super-bitter negroni – perfect for the summer months. Read more about Regal Rogue and vermouth here.

what you’ll need

Regal Rogue Rosso 37.5ml

Aperol 12.5ml

gin 25ml

orange wedge to serve

what to do

Put all of the ingredients into a tumbler, fill with ice and stir for a few seconds. Serve with a large orange wedge.

Rhubarb and ginger negroni

This update on the classic negroni using rhubarb and ginger is a great shout for spring. It comes from Black Dice, a 1960s rock ‘n’ roll inspired bar tucked away beneath Moroccan restaurant MOMO in Mayfair. It’s open until 3am, perfect for a nightcap.

what you’ll need

Botanist gin 40ml

Martini Rosso 20ml

Campari 20ml

Rhubarb and ginger jam 1 tsp

orange zest and candied ginger to serve

what to do

Stir all ingredients over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with orange peel and ginger candy on a cocktail stick.

White negroni

A twist on the classic negroni from Raw Duck in Hackney, this version uses Suze instead of Campari, and white vermouth instead of red. Watch a video recipe for this cocktail here.

what you’ll need

gin 25ml

Suze 12.5ml

white vermouth 35ml

orange zest

what to do

Pour all of the ingredients into a mixing glass, fill with ice and stir to dilute slightly. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice and garnish with an orange zest.

Elderflower negroni

This twist comes from The Lady Ottoline pub in London, and until Sunday 7 June, £1 for every one sold will go to Action Against Hunger.

what you’ll need

gin 25ml

Campari 15ml

sweet vermouth 25ml

elderflower cordial 10ml


what to do

Stir all of the ingredients over ice and serve with a sprig of elderflower or an orange zest.

Here are six variations on the classic negroni to try…

Negroni Cocktail Recipe