Aperol Negroni

The Aperol Negroni is your gateway to the fabulous world of Negroni variations. With Aperol in the spotlight, this Negroni is less bitter than the classic, lighter, and even more refreshing and delectable.

Serve this Aperol Negroni as an aperitivo as you sit on your patio, reading a book or chatting with friends. From the first sip, the citrus and herb flavor of this orange-hued cocktail will transport you to sun-kissed terraces overlooking picturesque Italian landscapes.

orange cocktail in a low ball glass with large ice cube and orange twist. It is on a grey tray with a silver jigger.
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bottles of Aperol, gin, sweet vermouth, and a jigger on a countertop.

Aperol vs. Campari

Italian aperitivos are intended to be pre-dinner drinks that stimulate the appetite. Aperol and Campari are both amaro, which means “bitter” in Italian. Aperol is slightly sweet and one of the least bitter amari (the plural of amaro). It’s a lighter amaro than Campari, coming in at 11% alcohol by volume compared to Campari’s 24% (48 proof).


The quintessential Aperol cocktail is the Aperol spritz, which has spawned lots of spritz variations like a Negroni spritz and passion fruit spritz. If you like Aperol, I’d also suggest trying one of these Aperol sours or an Aperol and soda.

Sweet vermouth vs. dry vermouth

Vermouth is a fortified wine typically labeled as dry (white) or sweet (rosso). Dry vermouth originates from France and is, as you would expect, less sweet. You may also be able to find a sweeter white vermouth labeled blanc or bianco.

Sweet vermouth has a higher amount of residual sugar and has a spicy or peppery flavor. But as with any wine, vermouth flavors do vary. Drink the one you like!

Best gin for Negronis

Most classic Negroni recipes call for a London dry gin. I’m a huge fan of Tanqueray, but I also recommend Beefeater or Bombay Sapphire. These are juniper-forward gins with fewer distracting botanicals.


You may not think of cocktail ice as a critical ingredient, but it is. The type of ice in your cocktail can do different things in a drink made for sipping, like this Aperol Negroni, versus a drink that’s made to chill you quickly on a hot day.

For highball cocktails like this blue mojito, you want crushed ice or small ice cubes with large amounts of surface area to melt quickly. However, to really enjoy an aperitif like this Aperol Negroni, you want large ice cubes that melt slowly, allowing you to enjoy your cocktail without guzzling it down.

Please see the recipe card below for complete information on ingredients and quantities.

Variations and substitutions

  • Substitute dry vermouth in place of the sweet vermouth to make a Contessa.
  • Use Campari instead of Aperol in the same ratios for a classic Negroni.
  • Try other Negroni variations like this cranberry Negroni.

Recipe tips and tricks

Aperol Negroni taste test

When you don’t know your preference, there’s nothing better than comparing drinks to figure it out! You can do taste tests with this Aperol Negroni like for my brandy manhattan and peanut butter manhattan.

You’ll make three Aperol Negronis. Make one with sweet vermouth like in this recipe. Make one with an ounce of dry vermouth. And make one with a half ounce of the two. If you do this comparison, please leave a comment to let me know which you prefer!

three rocks glasses with red-orange cocktails and large ice cubes.

Tip from the wise quacker: The general teaching is that cocktails with citrus juices should be shaken, but cocktails with only alcohols should be stirred.

Recipe FAQs

Where can I buy large ice cube trays?

I bought mine in the grocery store, but you can buy them on Amazon as either cubes or spheres.

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Aperol Negroni

5 from 1 vote
Category: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 164kcal
This Aperol Negroni takes the classics Negroni recipe and substitutes Aperol for Campari. It's a Negroni variation that's less bitter than the classic, but still refreshing and delicious.
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  • Cocktail shaker


  • 1 ounce (30 milliliters) Tanqueray or other dry gin
  • 1 ounce (30 milliliters) Aperol
  • 1 ounce (30 milliliters) sweet vermouth
  • orange slice or twist for garnish


  • Add the Aperol, gin, and vermouth to the shaker with a handful of ice and stir.
    1 ounce (30 milliliters) Tanqueray or other dry gin, 1 ounce (30 milliliters) Aperol, 1 ounce (30 milliliters) sweet vermouth
  • Strain into a lowball glass with a rocks ice and garnish with the orange slice.
    orange slice or twist


This Aperol Negroni is made with a London dry gin, juniper-forward gins with fewer botanicals. Some examples of dry gins are Tanquerary or Beefeater. You can play with other gins if you like!


Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 0.02g | Sodium: 0.3mg | Potassium: 1mg | Iron: 0.01mg
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