The Ingredients

  • 1

    oz. Premium Gin (80 proof)

  • 1

    oz. Campari¹

  • 1 oz. Sweet Vermouth²

  • Orange twist³  (~ 1" x 0.5")

The Directions

Pour Gin, Campari and Sweet Vermouth into an Old Fashioned Glass filled with ice and thoroughly stir. Express the orange twist into the glass, then rub around rim and deposit in glass. 

The Quote

"There is a thirty year age difference between us thought Mrs.

Stone. Then she was ashamed of herself and by the time Paolo
had emerged from the bathroom she had mixed two Negronis
and placed them on the glass-topped table on the still sunny
terrace with a bowl of olives between.”

  • Page 31, "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone", Tennessee Williams.

The Story

The Negroni was created when Count Camillo Negroni asked the bar man at
Caffé Cavalli to strengthen his favorite cocktail, the Americano, by adding gin.


The author made this drink for his wife who was captivated by its delightfully bitter taste and Christmassy
red hue. She demanded it be made during cocktail hour in the weeks leading up to Christmas 2012 by
stating playfully but emphatically “make me the Christmas Drink!”. This was repeated daily until just prior
to Christmas Day when she deemed that the drink was “played”. Still enjoyed in the Flack household on
occasion during the Christmas season.

This was the house drink of Mr. Hospitality, a dear friend who let my wife and me stay with him twice for periods of over a month (he must be a Saint). 

Feel free to experiment with this drink by:

- Changing the proportions: Increase the amount of Gin (which historically was difficult to do in the past
when gin was a generally undrinkable)
- Substituting for any or all of the ingredients:
o In lieu of Campari: Cynar (Cyn Cin), Aperol, Suze (that sounds nice) or Aveze (White
o In lieu of Sweet Vermouth: Dry Vermouth, Lillet Blanc
o In lieu of Gin: Vodka (Negronski), Whiskey (Boulevardier) Tequila (Agavoni), Rum (Kingston
Negroni), sparkling wine (Negroni Sbagliato)
o In lieu of orange peel: lemon, lime, or grapefruit

If the Negroni is too manly for you, then try the Americano (1.5 oz. Sweet Vermouth, 1.5 oz. Campari and
2 to 3 oz. of club soda, lemon for garnish)

Apéritifs in general and the Negroni specifically, are perfect to stimulate an appetite and therefore an
excellent before diner drink.

¹Campari is an alcoholic liqueur, considered an apéritif (20.5 - 28.5% ABV, depending on the country in which it is sold), obtained from the infusion of herbs and fruit in alcohol and water. It is a bitters, characterized by its dark red color.

²Vermouth (which is a fortified wine) should be stored in the refrigerator after opening. Buy in small bottles as it loses something as it ages.

³A twist is a piece of citrus zest used as a cocktail garnish.