Classic Negroni Cocktail

This Classic Negroni Cocktail is one of our favorite drink recipe for parties! A Negroni is a gin cocktail made with Campari, so it’s bitter and strong!

We love Italian style cocktail recipes like this Negroni! Also check out this Aperol Spritz that we can wash down with this Italian Sub Bruschetta!

negroni cocktail recipe

What Is A Negroni?

This classic Italian cocktail is definitely a drink to be sipped – don’t let the fun red color fool you, it’s all booze.

If you love bitters, you’ll no doubt love a Negroni. Campari has a very strong bitters flavor that I have grown to love. I would say that it’s a flavor you can love or hate, but I think you should give it a second taste even if you don’t like it at first because it does kind of grow on you.

I amped-up the bitters flavor in this drink by adding some Angostura Orange bitters to the glass before pouring…

A Negroni cocktail is considered to be a classic aperitif, which is a drink that is typically served before a meal to stimulate your appetite. I usually don’t need much appetite stimulation, but I can guess that after a couple Negroni cocktails whatever you’re eating must taste like the best meal ever since you’re probably feeling the effects of that Campari by now.

How Do You Make A Negroni?

This cocktail is so easy to make, you’ll be making it more often than you think!

All you need to do is add gin, sweet vermouth and Campari to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Add a few dashes of orange bitters (if using) to a low ball glass with a few ice cubes.

Shake the drink until the shaker feels cold, then strain into the prepared glass.

Garnish with an orange slice.



  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x

This classic, Italian cocktail is always a happy hour favorite!



  • 1 ounce dry gin
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • Angostura orange bitters (optional)
  • Orange slice for garnish


  1. Add all the ingredients, except the orange bitters, to a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Add 3-4 drops of the orange bitters to a low-ball glass filled with ice.
  3. Shake the drink well in the shaker and then pour over your glass with ice.
  4. Garnish with an orange slice or a twist.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: American

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