Negroni Cocktail

Negroni variations & riffs

One of, if not the simplest of classic cocktails has formed the base for so many contemporary variations.

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Negroni Cocktail

Glowing red, the Negroni manages to be both sophisticated and simple at the same time and is definitely for a grown-up palate - for many it's simply too

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Bloody Negroni

A classic negroni with a splash of blood orange juice.

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Cornwall Negroni

Served up, heavy on the gin and light on vermouth.

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Dutch Count Negroni

Genever's flavoursome character adds malty notes.

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Kingston Negroni

Rum matched with a bittersweet liqueur and sweet vermouth.

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Munich Negroni Western Style

Nutty riff on a Negroni with a bittersweet hazelnut finish.

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Iron Negroni

Black in colour and with a flavour that's recognisably part of the Negroni family but with a flat Coke-like smoothness that makes a classic Negroni taste

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Alpine Negroni

A beautifully balanced and complex alpine-influenced riff on a White Negroni.

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Christmas Negroni

A classic Negroni turned festive with added Christmassy flavours. A proper Christmas cracker!

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Negroni Spumante

A Negroni lengthened with sparkling wine. Every Negroni drinker should try this variation

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A Negroni riff created in October 2021 by yours truly at the Clocktower in Rye, England.

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Toffee Negroni

There's no toffee in this Toffee Negroni in the same way there's no coffee in the Coffee Cocktail yet both drinks are aptly named and delicious.

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Amber Negroni (Difford's recipe)

As the name suggests, this riff on a classic Negroni is amber in colour with honeyed notes and is not quite as bitter as the classic red version.

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Benny Blanco

A bittersweet and lightly chili spicy aperitivo to awaken your taste buds.

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Bergamot Negroni

As the name suggests, subtle bergamot notes influence this dryish Negroni riff.

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Charente White Negroni

A riff on the White Negroni with the cognac replacing half of the gin. Fittingly 'Charente' references the Cognac area of France.

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Chocolate Negroni

The chocolate in this riff on a classic Negroni seems to boost the orange notes in the Italian red bitter liqueur.

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A slightly sweeter, less bitter, artichoke-influenced riff on a classic Negroni.

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Cold Brew Negroni

Just as it says on the tin, a Negroni with a splash of cold brew coffee. Simples! Whether you view this as an aperitivo or a breakfast cocktail says a

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Comte de Sureau

Sprays of oils from both orange and lemon zest twists aid the fine balance of this bittersweet aperitivo, which fittingly has become known by many as an

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Eeyore's Requiem

On the bitter side of bittersweet with cleaning piney and herbal notes from gin, carciofo, and fernet.

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Jäger Negroni

A lightly spicy Negroni perfectly suited to the after-dinner digestive moment. If it doesn't aid your digestion it will aid your sleep.

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Less is More Negroni

Looks like a Negroni, tastes like a very good and interesting Negroni, yet only has two ingredients – hence the name. Also, quicker to make than a three-ingredient

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Mulled Negroni

Red wine, clove-forward falernum and sloe gin add Mulled notes to this Negroni.

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Murano Negroni

The merest hint of hazelnut liqueur makes this relatively light and approachable Negroni.

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Negroni Amaro Sour

Perhaps more an Amaro Sour than it is a Negroni Sour but this a very tasty bittersweet aperitivo nonetheless.

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Negroni and the Goat

Negroni in name and Negroni in style with the sweetness of Aperol countered by the use of amaro.

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Negroni Bianco

This white Negroni is not quite as dry and bitter as a traditional red Negroni and has additional pleasing creamy honeysuckle notes.

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Negroni Bianco Bergamotto

Dry with wine like-minerality, zesty bergamot and piney gin notes.

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Negroni Tredici

A amaro riff on the Negroni.

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Oaxacan Negroni

Mezcal lends a characterful smoky note to this complex riff on a classic Negroni.

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Pinky Negroni

Bittersweet and delicately faintly floral.

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Pomegranate Negroni

This Negroni has a beautiful red hue and is more bittersweet than it is fruity (as you'd expect of a Negroni).

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Rhubarb Lucca Negroni

A rhubarb-influenced rift on the classic Negroni.

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Rum Negroni

I started with a classic three equal parts Negroni, simply subbing rum for gin, but the rum was masked by the bitter liqueur so I boosted rum notes with

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Scotch Negroni

On the bitter side of bittersweet and, depending on your Scotch, faintly smoky.

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Sicilian Negroni

Blood orange juice replaces sweet vermouth in this fruity Negroni.

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Sin Cyn cocktail

A single malt whisky laced twist on a Boulevardier with Cynar replacing the familiar Italian red bitter liqueur.

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Slow Negroni

As the name suggests, this is a classic Negroni with sloe gin introduced as a fourth ingredient. Its flavour is exactly as it says on the tin – a sloe

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Spiced Rum Negroni

Mellow and slightly sweet with flavours of caramel, chocolate and rich orange.

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Tsipouro Negroni

Just as it says on the tin, it's a Negroni but based on Greek grape-based Tsipouro.

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Tunnel Negroni

Bittersweet and delicately herbal.

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Tuscan Negroni

Floral amaro adds a subtle but distinctive note to this Negroni.

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Violet Negroni cocktail

Bittersweet with a strong hint of gentian. A great aperitif.

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White Negroni

Wayne Collins, this drink's creator, originally used equal parts as is usual for a classic Negroni and after trying various other formulations I've found

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Yellow Negroni

As the name suggests, this pisco-based, five equal parts, vivid yellow bittersweet aperitif was inspired by the classic Negroni and three of the world's

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Amber Negroni

This very serious Negroni has great depth of flavour with mocha coffee and bitter gentian.

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Coffee Negroni

Gin-forward, boozy and bittersweet – as it says on the tin, this is a coffee-influenced Negroni – simple as that.

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Mellow Negroni

As the name suggests, it's a Negroni with the gin-laced punch you'd expect but a little less of the bitterness.

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Green Negroni

Don’t be put off or misled by the lurid green colour or this cocktail, it is both bittersweet and complex. As the name suggests it is based in a classic

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Mezcal Negroni

This mezcal-influenced Negroni is an interesting take on the classic, which will be appreciated by mezcal aficionados.

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Negroni Sbagliato

This lighter-styled Negroni has some bitterness but lacks the gin punch and character of the original Negroni.

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Negroni Sour

Just as advertised on the tin, this is a bittersweet and sour straight-up Negroni. Pucker up, it's a tasty aperitivo.

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Old Pal

Classically an equal parts three-ingredient cocktail comprising: 30ml rye, 30ml bitter liqueur and 30 ml dry vermouth. This produces an overly dry bittersweet

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Orange Negroni

Orange and bitter liqueur combine well, especially when supported by sweet vermouth.

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Parma Negroni

A long citrusy riff that takes the classic from an early evening cocktail to perhaps one to enjoy on a sunny afternoon.

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Tradewinds Negroni

Given the slug of aromatic bitters in the recipe, it's not surprising that this riff on a Negroni packs a whack of bitters. However, that whack is subtler

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Peroni Negroni

Negroni is a great chaser to beer so why not consume in unison.

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Sophisticated Dane

Caraway, spice, spirituous and on the bitter side of bittersweet. If you like Negronis and aquavit then this is for you.

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The very apt name translates as 'bittersweet'.

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Lento Negroni

A riff of a Sloegroni/Slow Negroni with sloe gin replaced by Spanish pacharán, which adds a delicate aniseed note.

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Mandarine Negroni

Bittersweet with, as the name suggests, zesty mandarin freshness.

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Witches' Negroni

A classic Negroni, bewitched by a splash of Strega liqueur.

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The subtly smoky notes of mezcal combine brilliantly with the aromatic bittersweetness of gentian liqueur in this fabulously complex White Negroni-like

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Your choice of coconut rum will significantly impact this riff on a classic Negroni; many so-called coconut rums are liqueurs or verging on being liqueurs,

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Overripe banana delicately influences this tequila-based Negroni.

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Old Pal No. 2

On the dry bitter side of bittersweet, it may take three sips before your palette appreciates this Negroni-style aperitivo.

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Caffè Negroni

Coffee-infused vermouth replaces your standard rosso vermouth in this aptly named Negroni variation.

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White Mezcal Negroni

Muscular notes of mezcal and gentian square up to each other but are softened and made to play nicely by bianco vermouth.

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Negroni Flip

Bittersweetness rounded and made wholesome by the addition of an egg. If you like Negronis, be sure to sample this cocktail's flip side. Depending on

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White Negroni Sour

Bittersweet and packed with quinine, gentian and zesty lemon.

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Mellow White Negroni

A White Negroni usually consists of equal parts all three ingredients but this Mellow rendition has one-sixth parts bittersweet gentian liqueur.

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White Negroni Piña Colada

Just as it says on the tin – a White Negroni crossed with a Piña Colada, but the delight of crossbreeding is a tasty mezcal-based mongrel of a cocktail.

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Harrison Ginsberg's White Negroni

A splash of unripe grape juice helps balance this tasty bittersweet aperitivo.

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White Negroni Sbagliato

The lovechild of the White Negroni and Negroni Sbagliato, this bittersweet aperitivo dominated by gentian liqueur so the first couple of sips may be challenging

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Basically a Negroni with dashes of absinthe.

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Quill Riff

A gin-forward and bittersweet cleansing aperitivo.

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El Pedroni

Tequila replaces gin in this Negroni variation. Not an easy option.

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Fly Me The Flip To France

A bittersweet flip best enjoyed as a wholesome aperitivo.

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Marsala Negroni (Sicilian Negroni)

Rich marsala replaces sweet vermouth in this Sicilian-influenced Negroni.

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