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.
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).
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
About the Negroni
The classic Negroni is said to have been created in the late 1800s in Italy. But the Negroni has skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years due to Stanley Tucci. Who wouldn’t want a cocktail made by that man?
Recipe tips and tricks
Making the cocktail
Add the Aperol, gin, and vermouth to your cocktail shaker with a handful of ice. Stir for 30 seconds, then strain into a lowball glass with ice and garnish with the orange slice or dehydrated orange slices.
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.
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!
I bought mine in the grocery store, but you can buy them on Amazon as either cubes or spheres.
Feel free to substitute Campari or any other amaro in equal proportions in this Negroni.
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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 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
This Aperol Negroni recipe was first posted August 12, 2022. It was last updated May 17, 2023.
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