Classic Negroni: Try this retro cocktail for your next happy hour!

Classic Negroni Cocktail

The classic Negroni is one of those cocktails that I’ve always heard of but didn’t know what it tasted like. It’s kind of in the Manhattan and Martini family, except what the heck is Campari anyway? I read the wikipedia page and found out that it’s a bitter liqueur that gets its flavor from fruit including chinotto and cascarilla. Oh, of course! I knew I tasted a note of cascarilla… OK, seriously, I have no idea what Campari tastes like even after drinking it, but I do know that this classic Negroni was a tasty and very drinkable cocktail for my happy hour pleasure. It’s also extremely easy to make, which makes it just about perfect if you ask me. Plus, drinking a classic drink makes me feel way cooler than the 30-something, stay-at-home mom that I am. I’ll toast to that!

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Classic Negroni: Try this #retro cocktail for your next #happyhour!

Classic Negroni: Try this retro cocktail for your next happy hour!

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Try this classic cocktail for a retro feel at your next happy hour!

  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


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  • 1 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. sweet vermouth
  • 1 oz. Campari liqueur
  • orange or lemon wedge for garnish optional


  1. Fill a small rocks glass with ice.
  2. Pour gin, vermouth, and Campari over ice. Stir gently, and garnish with orange or lemon. Cheers!
  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 2
  • Category: Cocktail
Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.


11 years ago

I need camapri!!! Love the classics and always pretend I’m the sophisticated sort when I enjoy one.

Love your new fb picture, btw :-)

11 years ago

Thank you, Liz! You should definitely get some Campari, and we can both pretend we’re very sophisticated until someone yells “Mommy” and ruins the moment ;) Cheers!

11 years ago

lol, I wasted no time in buying a bottle! Will make a negroni soon soon soon.

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