Classic Negroni

As we step into the vibrancy of autumn, our thoughts invariably turn to languid afternoons, stunning sunsets, and, of course, refreshing drinks. Today, we’re celebrating the exquisite balance and complexity of Italian mixology with a classic cocktail that holds a special place in my memory—the Negroni.

I still remember the first time I tasted a Negroni. It was on a warm summer evening in Florence, the city where this iconic drink was born. I had spent the day meandering through the city’s narrow, cobblestone streets, visiting galleries and marveling at masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance. As the sun began to set, painting the Florentine skyline with hues of gold and purple, I found my way to a bustling piazza. Eager to soak in the ambiance and rest my weary feet, I slipped into a charming, ivy-covered trattoria and took a seat at the bar.

I had heard of the Negroni, of course, but had never tried one. Curiosity piqued, I ordered one from the amiable bartender. As he mixed equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth over ice, garnishing it with a twist of orange peel, he shared the story of the cocktail’s creation, tracing back to Count Camillo Negroni’s request for a stronger version of his favorite aperitif in the early 20th century.

With the story still echoing in my ears, I took my first sip. The Negroni was a revelation—bitter, sweet, and strong all at once, a seamless harmony of flavors that mirrored the balance and beauty I’d seen in the city itself. Since that day, the Negroni has become more than a cocktail for me; it’s a symbol of the Italian appreciation for balance, craft, and the joy of living.

So, let’s bring a piece of that Florentine piazza to our own homes as we explore how to make this classic Italian cocktail.


Classic Negroni

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 1


  • 30 ml Gin
  • 30 ml Campari
  • 30 ml sweet vermouth
  • ice cubes
  • orange peel for garnish


  • Fill a rocks glass with ice cubes.
  • Pour the gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth over the ice.
  • Stir gently to combine the ingredients.
  • Garnish the glass with a twist or slice of orange peel. The citrusy oil from the peel adds a lovely aroma that complements the cocktail's flavors beautifully.
  • Serve immediately and savor this timeless Italian classic.

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