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In search of Negroni

September 22,  2010 (part of Cocktail Chronicle)

Today is the day I officially throw in the towel on classic Negroni.

I love bitters, but with Campari, its bitterness has to come with a sweetness that’s not only cloying but also artificial.

I don’t know which one came about first, Campari or Robitussin, but whoever came second must have stolen and copied the formula from the other one.

I have had Negroni a few times before, and feel especially inspired after reading Dale Degroff’s The Essential Cocktail. But the 1:1:1 ratio of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth is so throat-cuttingly sweet I just can’t stomach it, every time.

Today, I experimented with a 3:1:1 ratio, then 4:1:1, then 4:2:1. I even tried adding orange juice, lemon juice … all in an effort to somehow retain the bitterness but disguise the cough syrup taste.

At the end, there’s one version I can find myself drinking. Use white vermouth and lose the red all together.

With a ration of 2:1:1, it is reminiscent of martini and the sweetness is significantly toned down. Bitter enough to make you sit up and pay attention but not wince.

White Negroni (Makes 1):

  • 1 oz (2 tbsp) Tanqueray gin
  • ½ oz (1 tbsp) Noilly Prat dry vermouth
  • ½ oz (1 tbsp) Campari
  • 1 orange slice as garnish (optional)


Fill a glass with ice. Pour in all the ingredients. Stir and serve.


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