These classic Negroni variations are so good, they’re improvements on the original! Try each one, from bubbly to smoky to bourbon-based.
The classic Negroni is at the top of the popularity chart these days. It’s a bit of a surprise hit, since its searing bitter flavor isn’t quite the formula for a crowd pleaser. But it’s the drink of the moment! Here’s a secret for you: we like all of these Negroni variations better than the classic drink itself!
There are so many types of Negronis, like the Boulevardier, where spicy bourbon is a better balance for the drink than gin. Or the Negroni Sbagliato, a bubbly version using Prosecco instead of gin. And then a favorite, the ultra unique White Negroni. Let’s get mixing!
And now…the top Negroni variations to try!
A little Negroni history…
The classic Negroni is an Italian cocktail made of gin, sweet vermouth and Campari. It was invented back in the 1920’s by a Count Negroni in Florence, Italy (or so the story goes). Apparently a man named Count Negroni ordered an Americano, but wanted it with a little more kick. He asked for it with gin and the Negroni was born!
The Negroni is a classic cocktail that’s on the list of International Bartender Association’s IBA official cocktails. Two more related Negroni variations are also on the IBA official list: the Boulevardier and Americano.Print
The Negroni sbagliato is a spin on the classic cocktail using sparkling wine instead of gin. It’s bitter, sweet and bubbly all at once: an improvement on the original! Also try: Boulevardier, Americano, Mezcal Negroni, Old Pal, and White Negroni.
- 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) sweet or semi-sweet red vermouth
- 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) Campari
- 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) Prosecco, champagne or other sparkling wine
- Ice, for serving (try clear ice!)
- For the garnish: Orange peel
- Stir the vermouth and Campari in a lowball glass. Add ice.
- Top off the glass with the sparkling wine. Garnish with an orange peel and serve.
- Category: Drink
- Method: Poured
- Cuisine: Cocktails
Keywords: Negroni Variations
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.