Pre-prohibition cocktails and modern twists on classics

Summer Negroni

Summer Negroni


1oz Gin

1oz Aperol

1oz Dolin Blanc

1 dash Orange Bitters

Orange Twist


Add bitters and all liquids to a mixing glass. Add ice and stir. Strain and serve up in a chilled coupe or other stemmed glass. Garnish with the orange twist.


This Negroni variation I came up with substitutes the lighter flavor and proof of the Aperol for Campari and the Dolin Blanc for the sweet vermouth (which would somewhat overpower the Aperol). Much lighter and a bit sweeter than the Negroni, this one goes down very smooth, with a sweet orange flavor and just a hint of bitter. In contrast to the original Negroni, it’s better to serve this one up, as the drink is lighter and less bitter and further dilution in ice would make the Summer Negroni too watery. Definitely  summer cocktail but could go well anytime of year.

6 Responses to “Summer Negroni”

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  2. babermac (@babermac)

    Just picked up some Aperol and can’t wait to try this! Was wondering, what kind of gin do you recommend here? In traditional Negronis it seems a bit wasteful to use spendier, more complex gins, as the Campari tends to steal the show. But with Aperol being mellower and lower proof, and Dolin Blanc being more delicate than an Italian vermouth, perhaps there’s more room for gin to shine?

    • The Straight Up

      Awesome! My wife has gotten really into this one lately as well. Let me know what you think of it.

      I like a “higher end” London dry gin like Bombay Sapphire or Beefeater 24 in many cocktails including this one as I’m usually able to find them for fairly cheap ($30/handle). Given that price I’m fine mixing with them and at least think I can tell a difference.

      Plymouth is also excellent but a little pricier but may be worth it since as you said this one is little lighter.


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