Negroni, the ruby-red Italian cocktail whose origin is often up for debate, is said to be born out of Casoni bar in Florence, Italy, around 1919 and made initially by Count Camillo Negroni. Now an all-time favourite, the Negroni is a variation on another classic cocktail called the Americano (a James Bond favourite).

Negronis offer bitter notes and makes for the perfect pre-meal cocktail, commonly known in Italy as an aperitivo.

An easy drink to make, the Negroni is made of one part gin, one part vermouth Rosso and one part Campari, garnished with orange peel.


20 ml Gin
20 ml Sweet Vermouth
20 ml Bitters

Pour gin, vermouth and bitters into a mixing glass. Add ice and stir until chilled. Strain into an old-fashioned rock glass and garnish with an orange peel.