What is a Negroni?
A Negroni is century old drink original from Italy apparently invented by Count Camillo Negroni in Florence, Italy. He wanted something a little bit stronger than Americano (a cocktail made with campari, vermouth and club soda and garnished with a lemon) he usually had. The negroni is italian drink or also known as an Italian Aperitivo that complex in taste but very simple to make. It is made with three spirits as well, which are campari, vermouth and gin.
Aperol vs Campari
You maybe asking what is the difference between a negroni with aperol vs a negroni with campari?
Most say that what makes a negroni a negroni is the campari. Campari is an Italian aperitif, which is cocktail that you usually drink before a meal to help get your palate ready for some good food. Aperol is also an Italian aperitif and both have this red hue. They look the same. However, with campari, you will have a more bitter drink, whereas the aperol is less bitter. Some may even say it has a sweet taste. Also, aperol does have a lower alcohol content. So, an Aperol Negroni will be less bitter and have a lower alcohol content.
Aperol Negroni Ingredients
- sweet vermouth
- orange bitters
- an orange slice
How to Make an Aperol Negroni
Pour the gin, vermouth, and Aperol into the glass and stir well. Garnish with an orange slice or orange twist.
Tips and Tricks
As with any negroni, this cocktail is as good as the quality of ingredients. You do not have to buy the most expensive bottle of each one, but definitely do not buy the cheapest quality either. Good ingredients = good drink. That should be your motto when it comes to purchasing spirits.
For vermouth, there are several options. Here are my recommendations :
- Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth
- Cinzano 1757 or Cinzano Rosso
- Martini & Rossi Rosso
They say that gin can make or break a negroni, so here are some of my gin recommendations :
- Hendrick’s Gin
If you enjoy this recipe you will definitely enjoy these Italian related cocktails –
- 1 ounce gin
- 1 ounce aperol
- 1 ounce sweet vermouth
- 1 dash of orange bitters
- Garnish with orange slice
- Pour the gin, vermouth, and Aperol into the glass and stir well.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 267Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 0gSugar: 16gProtein: 0g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.