I will never turn down a Negroni. I love the combination of bitter Campari and sweet vermouth. I love the color. I love the little hint of citrus the orange rind gives the drink. I also have a bad habit of finishing whatever drink is in my hand in about ten minutes, which can become a problem when that drink- in this case the Negroni- is pure alcohol.
Having recently had five at a friend’s birthday, where they were “on tap,” I can tell you that there is such a thing as too many Negronis, and that number is definitely fewer than five.
This Negroni Spritz is my compromise. Made with the cocktail’s traditional ingredients – gin, Campari and sweet vermouth in equal parts- it’s toned down with a generous pour of soda and freshly squeezed blood orange juice. (Regular oranges would be fine, too.) The drinks still have that bitter and sweet Negroni balance, but are a lighter and more refreshing twist on the classic. And though I still might not recommend having five, I think you could get away with having at least two or three, hangover-free.
- 1 cup freshly squeezed orange, blood orange, or cara cara orange juice (3 to 4 oranges)
- ½ cup Campari
- ½ cup gin
- ½ cup sweet vermouth
- 1 ½ cups club soda
- thin slices of orange, for serving
- Combine the orange juice, Campari, gin, and vermouth in a large glass measuring cup or pitcher and mix well. Stir in the club soda. Fill four glasses with ice and divide the drink mixture among them. Garnish with a slice of orange and serve.
The instructions say, “Combine the Campari, gin, and vermouth in a large glass measuring cup or pitcher and mix well. Stir in the club soda. Fill four glasses with ice and divide the drink mixture among them. Garnish with a slice of orange and serve.” So, what, I throw the orange juice out the window?
Uh-oh! That’s a typo, I’m so sorry. I just fixed the recipe – the orange juice should be added along with the other cocktail ingredients.
Thank you for noticing and bringing to my attention!
These look so good and I love that color! Is the juice mixed in the pitcher with the other ingredients or used to top off to taste?
I love negronis too! I also have had the experience of one or two too many :)) Love the idea of adding sida water.
It’s not hard to do! Enjoy !! 🙂
Luv these I omit the vermouth, very refreshing!
Glad you’re enjoying! My go-to party drink.
looks like a great drink for my summer parties