There are a few classic Italian cocktails, the Negroni is on that short list. It’s said to have originated in Florence as a twist to the Americano cocktail. It’s an aperitif which is meant to be enjoyed prior to dinner to stimulate the appetite {not that I have any problem with that}. And while I was in ROMA recently we did just that.

I think I lost count how many I enjoyed over the course of my trip after the second or third ; ) There’s just something magical about sipping a Negroni at a quaint Italian ristorante {like the one pictured below} waiting on your meal to arrive, people watching, chatting with your friends about the days goings on. It’s a perfect beginning to your meal.

I enjoyed them so much that when I returned back to reality ehem home I had to pick up a bottle of Campari straight away so I could re-create those delicious drinks at home.




What you’ll need:
2 ounces gin
2 ounces sweet vermouth
2 ounces Campari
orange slices to garnish

What to do:
1. Into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes add: gin, vermouth, campari and shake until chilled

2. Equally strain mixture between two low ball glasses that are filled with ice.

3. Garnish with orange slices.


  1. 1

    Sounds delightful! I’ll have to pick up the ingredients, as it sounds like the perfect summer drink.

  2. 2
    lisa /

    I have never had one of these. Will have to get the ingredients.

  3. 3

    Non vedo l’ora del negroni (fantastiche foto, btw)…parto la settimana prossima per Roma: evviva!!!

  4. 4

    i almost ordered a negroni the other day and got scared because i’ve never had gin! yours looks so beautiful, methinks i’ll be ordering next time 🙂

  5. 5

    I’ve been really curious about this drink. So glad you posted a recipe for it 🙂

    I can just see you, sitting at a table in Roma, sipping on this and chatting away…ahh, wish I was there with you 🙂

  6. 6

    Sounds like the perfect light and refreshing way to start your meal to me!

  7. 7

    I’m with you – I don’t need anything to help stimulate my appetite (quite the opposite, actually) but this sounds like a delicious cocktail to try!

  8. 8

    Oh yum! Paula, do you think Aperol would work well in place of Campari here? I have an entire bottle of it from making my Sparkling Acres cocktail, and I’m wondering if this would be another great way to use it.

  9. 9

    I’d love to have a Negroni sitting at that ristorante in the photo. What a nice time you must have had in Roma!

  10. 10

    I’m looking forward to sipping on this. Sounds so good!

  11. 11

    Move over and make room for me at the bar. GREG

  12. 12

    I’ll take Campari any way I can get it! You’re on!

  13. 13

    Your blog is going to lead me into alcoholism…
    Okay. I probably shouldn’t joke about that. But seriously, these and the nutella shooters? Yum!

  14. 14

    Such a yummy drink. Yum!

  15. 15

    Tis the season! Cheers.

  16. 16

    My Dad’s favorite drink! I like it to, of course… 🙂

  17. 17

    Love this drink and these photographs! Salud!

  18. 18

    my husband and i went on a trip to rome last summer. I would say we had 1 or 2 or maybe 10 of these 😉

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    Ashleigh /

    Personally I prefer mine stirred not shaken and with rind twisted over the top to release the oils. One of the things I like about this drink is the amazing variation you can get using different brands of sweet vermouths and gins. I’d highly reccomend Brokers Gin with Rosso Antico Formula


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