The Modern Negroni Cocktail Recipe

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.

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What’s 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 in a low ball with orange peel garnish

Modern Negroni Cocktail Recipe

Course Drinks
Keyword craft cocktail, gin cocktail recipe, modern negroni, negroni recipe
Servings 1 cocktail
Author EmilyFabulous


  • 1 oz Old Tom Gin (I used Ransom)
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1 oz 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. 

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