Pre-prohibition cocktails and modern twists on classics




1oz Gin

1oz Sweet Vermouth

1oz Campari

Orange Twist


Add all liquids to a mixing glass. Add ice and stir. Strain into a chilled double Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with the orange twist.


Another famous classic, the Negroni has a refreshing bitter citrus taste that is craved all over the world. For this one, it may be best to avoid heavier vermouths, such as Carpano Antica, as they overpower the gin in equal parts. Dolin Rouge works great in a Negroni.


Not a lot of debate on this one as most agree that the Negroni was invented in 1919 by Count Camillo Negroni. At the Caffe Casoni in Florence, Negroni asked a bartender named Fosco Scarcelli, to make his favorite drink, The Americano, with gin instead of club soda and thus the Negroni was born. Prior to prohibition, Campari was not imported to the United States, which led to a new recipes using it coming from American bartenders who left to tend in Europe after the start of prohibition. One side effect of this is that the Negroni, invented prior to prohibition, did not reach American publications until some time after prohibition ended, while the drinks made with Campari such as the Boulevardier and Old Pal were published in the US prior to this time.


Flame the orange peal for a little variety. If you only have heavier vermouths or are into a little variety, change the ratios a bit by adding more gin and less vermouth. Some people make this drink more heavy gin flavored in general and use a 2:1:1 ratio. I typically prefer the equal parts version as to me the balance is perfect. Play around and see what you think. There are innumerable variations on this drink, the most well known of which is probably the Boulevardier (also my favorite drink), which trades the gin for bourbon. More variations to come.

17 Responses to “Negroni”

  1. Lucien Gaudin | The Straight Up

    […] between the Negroni and Martini, but more “orangey.” If you are at all a fan of the Negroni, Boulevardier, Old Pal, or like Martini’s and Campari, you owe it to yourself to try Lucien […]

  2. Cocktails Simplified – Cost | The Straight Up

    […] Your true cost will likely end up even LESS as the items you purchased will likely have enough left to work through a third or fourth bottle of whiskey. Not to mention the utility of having these ADDITIONAL components on hand for making something other than whiskey based cocktails. For example, adding a bottle of gin would allow you to make a Negroni: […]

  3. Seraphim | The Straight Up

    […] the Archangel is the one for you. Think of an orange, rhubarb and cucumber scented Martini/Negroni hybrid with bitter notes from the Aperol (what’s not to like about […]

  4. Scorched Earth | The Straight Up

    […] even if you just look through a few pages, it’s obviously no secret that the Boulevardier and Negroni are two of my favorite cocktails, both of which share one of my favorite ingredients, Campari. […]

  5. The Great Outdoors | The Straight Up

    […] The Cointreau adds the orange and using Dolin Blanc keeps the drink clear. A really unique Negroni variation for when your in the mood for something that will remind you of your last adventure into […]

  6. Herban Botanist | The Straight Up

    […] More fun with St. George’s excellent line of gins. The botanivore gin is their closest product to a traditional gin, like London dry, only the botanicals are on steroids. Strong botanical flavors, set this one apart from your standard gins. The combination of Botanivore with the herbal/vegetal Cynar and the bittered Cocchi Americano makes for a delicious sipper that is both light and refreshing, yet with a slightly heavier base thanks to the Cynar and botanical gin. Makes for a great variation on the standard Negroni. […]

  7. Smoke Signal | The Straight Up

    […] Smoke in the Woods, but this also gave me a challenge to try something new. Smokey Boulevardiers/Negronis are my go to drink and it was great to explore new territory. I will definitely be smoking more […]

  8. Takeoff | The Straight Up

    […] out Alex Renshaw’s Beginner’s Luck). Mike Ryan, top dog at Sable, made me a weird Negroni riff with Malort for gin, Aperol for Campari and Creme de Cacoa for Vermouth. It might have been […]


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