Here is a simple and delicious Modern Negroni Cocktail Recipe which is a twist on the classic gin cocktail everyone should know how to make. Inspired by a recipe from a favorite restaurant in Portland, OR, this will become your new favorite version.
What is a Classic Negroni?
The Negroni is a classic gin cocktail that is easy to make and a favorite among many. Because of its sweet nature, the Negroni is enjoyed by those who even claim not to like gin ?. The classic Negroni is made with Campari which is a bitter liqueur with notes of sweet cherry and orange.
What's in a Modern Negroni?
This Modern Negroni Cocktail Recipe is an updated version of the Negroni with a herbal quality that is simply divine. The herbal flavor comes from a made-in-Oregon liqueur called Calisaya. If you cant find Calisaya made by Elixir Craft Spirits, you could substitute with another sweet herbal liqueur such as amaro.
What Gin To Use In a Modern Negroni
The type of gin you use is always up to you and there is a lot of debate on the internet about which gin is perfect. The Classic Negroni is made with a clean, clear gin like Hendrick’s, Aviation, Tanqueray, or Plymouth to name a few. For this MOdern version, I like to use an Old Tom Gin, specifically Ransom, which is slightly sweeter than London Dry, but also slightly drier. If you don't have an Old Tom Gin, you can also use your gin of choice.
What Vermouth To Use In a Modern Negroni
For a proper Negroni, classic or modern, you need to use a sweet vermouth. There are many different brands out there and many different price points. Two of my favorite brands are Dolin and Cocchi. This is again, personal preference, but please make sure you use a sweet vermouth for this cocktail.
Shaken or Stirred?
The Modern Negroni and Classic Negroni should be stirred for the best results. The easy rule of thumb to follow is if there is citrus juice or a foaming agent like egg white in your cocktail, you should shake it. If there is just liqueur, stir it. Stirring a cocktail still gets the liquids cold, but keeps the drink clear. The negroni should be cold and clear.
The Right Bar Tools Make All The Difference.
Being a home bartender can be so much fun...if you have the right tools. You don't have to break the bank and you don't have to own EVERY tool you've ever seen at a bar. BUT, if you want good cocktails, you need the right tools. Check out my post Home Bar Tool Essentials for suggestions on the best tools for home bartenders.
Modern Negroni Cocktail Recipe
- bar spoon
- mixing glass
- vegetable peeler
- low ball cocktail glass
- 1 ounce Old Tom Gin (I used Ransom)
- 1 ounce sweet vermouth
- 1 ounce Calisaya (or your favorite sweet herbal liqueur)
- orange peel for garnish
- Squeeze oil from orange peel into a chilled glass and swirl around the rim for aroma and flavor.
- Stir all ingredients in a stirring glass with ice for 20-30 seconds. Strain into the prepared glass. Add the orange peel to the top and enjoy!
- This cocktail is served neat but could also be served over a large rock if desired.
Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.
If you love craft cocktails, here are some more recipes to try:
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- Boozy Hot Apple Cider
- Strawberry Gin Cocktail
- Lavender Pisco Sour Recipe
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Such a delicious recipe! We loved it!
Oh good. Cheers!!
Erin Gierhart says
I always want to love negronis, but don't love the bitterness of Campari. The replacement of Campari with Calisaya gives this drink a great herbal flavor that I enjoy!
I'm glad you liked this version. Campari can definitely overwhelm, especially in a drink like a negroni. Cheers!
One of my favorite cocktails!
What a delicious gin cocktail, great recipe!
Such a delicious cocktail! Thanks for the recipe!
You're welcome, Lilly!
Amanda Dixon says
This is such a delicious spin on the negroni! I just love the depth of flavor the Calisaya added.
Thanks, Amanda. Sometimes it's nice to mix it up a bit...pun intended 😂.
This will be perfect for a cocktail party!
I totally agree. This drink is perfect for all types of cocktail lovers!
Sounds like a simple and delicious cocktail! Thank you for sharing your tips.
You are so welcome, Biana!
I've never had a negroni cocktail, but I love gin drinks! This is simple enough that even I can make it at home!
The negroni is so simple and such a classic. If you love gin, you will love this drink!
I used Campari and it was great.
Love how simple and tasty this recipe looks! Can't wait to make this tonight!
Thanks, Cate. It's the perfect nightcap.
Sara Welch says
Always enjoy a cocktail with a kick and this was no exception! Excited to wind down with this again tonight; it was delicious!
It's the perfect sipper for the end of the day, cheers!
Great cocktail recipe!