The Negroni is a traditional Italian cocktail found on most drinks menus around the world and consumed as a popular aperitif due to its complex, bitter flavours, which are notorious for stimulating one’s palette. Classically composed of Vermouth, Gin and Campari, in equal parts, and garnished with a slither of orange peel, the drink is famously strong and pretty lethal if consumed in large quantities… However, when drunk in moderation, the Negroni is a delicious cocktail which can be served both as a refreshing ice-cold drink in summer and also as a more warming drink, served at room temperature, to slowly sip on in the cold winter months.
Although bitter, Orsen Welles, the American film director, famously stated in 1947 whilst tasting a Negroni in Rome; “the bitters are excellent for your liver, the Gin is bad for you. They balance each other out”!
Today there are now many variations of the Negroni which exist. The ‘Negroni Sbagliato’ (the Mistaken Negroni) was first invented in Bar Bosso in Milan and is a sparkling version of the drink, replacing the Gin with Prosecco. The ‘White Negroni’ is another classic, coined by Wayne Collins in 2001, which is comprised of Gin, Lillet Blanc and Suze. In addition, although traditionally served with an orange peel garnish, this can vary. For example, some recipes use herbs such as rosemary or thyme as a finishing touch to add a slight twist to it.
Our version of the Negroni replaces the Gin with Beeble Honey Whisky. This adds a hint of sweetness to the traditionally bitter drink, however the strength and depth to the cocktail is still very much there! We like to stir ours in an ice-filled mixing glass to slightly dilute the ingredients and enhance the botanical flavours. Then we strain it into a rocks glass and serve over ice with an orange peel garnish.
Honey Whisky Negroni Recipe
Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 5 mins
Serving size: 1
· 50ml Beeble Honey Whisky
· 25ml Campari
· 25ml Sweet Vermouth
· Orange peel
1. Add all ingredients to an ice-filled mixing glass
2. Stir until chilled and slightly diluted
3. Strain into a rocks glass over ice
4. Garnish with an orange peel
Check out our video of Mob Kitchen creating this delicious cocktail!