Just as I love classic style, I also love classic cocktails and the Negroni is one of my all-time favorites. Made of equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth, there’s beauty in its symmetrical simplicity as well as the interplay between dry, sweet, and bitter. Here’s how to make one.
Negroni Cocktail Recipe
1.25 oz. Gin
1.25 oz. Campari
1.25 oz. Sweet Vermouth
Combine the gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth in a mixing glass. Stir with ice and strain over ice into a chilled rocks glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
I’ve been making mine recently with Bombay Dry gin and Cinzano sweet vermouth. Use whatever spirits you like, but be sure to keep your gin dry and to choose a quality vermouth.
Bonus tip: Many people might not like vermouth because they’ve had spoiled vermouth—usually a bottle that’s been sitting around for months after that last cocktail party. After you open a bottle, make sure to keep it refrigerated. Vermouth is a fortified wine, and like all other wines, starts to go bad as soon as it’s opened. Refrigeration helps slow down this process.