Negroni 1.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Spirits Sep 12, 2017

This is a 1920s-era Italian cocktail purportedly invented by Count Camillo Negroni, who asked his bartender in Florence to punch up his Americano (Campari, vermouth and soda) by using gin instead of soda. The Negroni is a perfect three-equal-parts balance of bittersweet and herbal.

It can be served with one large ice cube as well as straight up. If you wish to serve it on ice, simply build the drink in a rocks glass with the ice, stirring to combine, then garnish.

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Tested size: 1 servings

  • Ice
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth, such as Cocchi or Dolin
  • 1 ounce dry gin
  • Twist of orange peel, for garnish


Chill a cocktail (martini) glass.

Fill a mixing glass with ice, then add the Campari, sweet vermouth and gin. Stir for 20 seconds, then strain into the glass.

Twist the orange peel over the surface of the drink to express its oils, then drop it into the drink.

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Recipe Source

From various recipes, adapted by M. Carrie Allan.

Tested by M. Carrie Allan.

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