Best Negroni Recipe

A negroni is a classic cocktail recipe made with gin, sweet red vermouth, and Campari that has a vibrant red hue that’s great at holidays but equally welcome at parties throughout the year.

Best Negroni Recipe

This best negroni recipe plays with the proportions of the classic negroni to create a slightly stiffer concoction. Whereas tradition dictates equal parts gin, sweet red vermouth, and Campari, this rendition increases the gin and decreases the sweet stuff.–Renee Schettler Rossi

Best Negroni Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • Serves 1


  • 2 ounces London dry gin (such as Plymouth, Beefeater, or Tanqueray)
  • 3/4 ounce Campari
  • 3/4 ounce sweet (red) vermouth (such as Dolin Rouge or Carpano Antica)
  • 6 dashes grapefruit bitters
  • Ice
  • 1 orange twist, for garnish


  • 1. Pour the gin, Campari, sweet (red) vermouth, and grapefruit bitters over ice into a chilled mixing glass.
  • 2. Stir and strain into a martini glass.
  • 3. Garnish with the orange twist.
Hungry for more? Chow down on these:

Hey, there. Just a reminder that all our content is copyright protected. Like a photo? Please don't use it without our written permission. Like a recipe? Kindly contact the publisher listed above for permission before you post it (that's what we did) and rewrite it in your own words. That's the law, kids. And don't forget to link back to this page, where you found it. Thanks!

Recipe Testers Reviews

Recipe Testers Reviews
Testers Choice
Anna Scott

Dec 31, 2015

I am a big fan of a classic Negroni—dry gin mixed with sweet vermouth and the classic blood orange flavor of Campari. I normally don't use a recipe for this drink and make it with equal parts gin, vermouth and Campari. I liked the use of 2 ounces of gin in comparison to the 3/4 ounce each of Campari and vermouth—this ratio gave the drink more of a "martini" quality. I did not have grapefruit bitters so used Angostura bitters instead. The appeal of this specific Negroni was its presentation in a long-stemmed martini glass, which I think looked super elegant. I normally make mine in a regular lowball glass, but this presentation really elevated the drink and let you see its gorgeous color even better! This is a great cocktail for the holiday season, but really any time of year will do! Cin Cin.

Testers Choice
Irene Seales

Dec 31, 2015

A terrific variation on a classic, refreshing cocktail. I particularly like that the direction of these changes resulted in a less sweet yet still complex cocktail. The grapefruit bitters might take a little searching, but the clean note they add is just unique enough to make it discernibly different from using a close substitute, Angostura’s now widely available orange bitters. This required multiple taste- ests, but I was able to find a willing co-conspirator. For the grapefruit bitters, we used Fee Brothers, which is reasonably priced ($7), although a good wine and spirits shop might offer up all sorts of nice artisan versions, and if you're ambitious, you can make your own with some lead time. We paired it with Tanqueray, Carpano Antica, and Campari and used a strip of zest from a navel orange. The resulting drink is stunningly drinkable (make that slightly dangerously so), though if I was following with other drinks or wine, I might consider offering mini versions of this for a social gathering. The recipe is easily scalable and lends itself to small batches. This version is special enough that it will send your guests home admiring your cocktail skills, yet the hardest part was finding the grapefruit bitters! (Although I didn’t mind adding this to our "bitters library" because I think these elements can add such nice layers to your drinks.) Next time, I plan to vary the gin and use Russell Henry or Hendrick's. For 2 people, a double recipe easily fits in a standard drink mixer/cocktail shaker.

Testers Choice
Melissa Maedgen

Dec 31, 2015

This version ups the gin (not bitter) and reduces the Campari (very bitter but also sweet) and vermouth (sweet). It adds just a bit of grapefruit bitters to brighten the whole thing up. I used Fee Brothers grapefruit bitters. So this version of the negroni results in the gin shining through more because of the reduced Campari and vermouth and in a little less overall sweetness and bitterness. The grapefruit bitters really complement the gin and liven things up. It's a great variation on a negroni, and to my palate, better than the original.

Have something to say?

Then tell us. Have a picture you'd like to add to your comment? Send it along. Covet one of those spiffy pictures of yourself to go along with your comment? Get a free Gravatar. And as always, please take a gander at our comment policy before posting.


Daily Subscription

Enter your email address and get all of our updates sent to your inbox the moment they're posted. Be the first on your block to be in the know.

Preview daily e-mail

Weekly Subscription

Hate tons of emails? Do you prefer info delivered in a neat, easy-to-digest (pun intended) form? Then enter your email address for our weekly newsletter.

Preview weekly e-mail