12 Variations on the Negroni to Try Right Now

These bitter and citrusy cocktails are a bartender favorite for a reason

Classic Negroni with Campari.
The classic Negroni calls for equal parts Campari, gin, and sweet vermouth.Matt Taylor-Gross

First created for Count Camillo Negroni in 1919 at Florence's Café Casoni, the Negroni is actually predated by the Milano-Torino, a mix of bitter, barky Campari and sweet vermouth that evolved into the Americano with the addition of soda water. Legend has it that around 1920, at his favorite Florentine bar, Negroni asked for something stronger, so the soda water was replaced with gin, and the Negroni cocktail was born.

Today, it's a bartender's favorite plaything, with ingredients swapped for everything from mezcal to sherry. Try replacing the gin with sparkling wine for a "bungled Negroni", or with bourbon for a Boulevardier. Or call on Aperol instead of Campari and sub in dry vermouth for a Contessa. Here's how to make a classic Negroni, plus 13 of our favorite riffs on the beloved drink.

Negroni

Negroni
This classic cocktail couldn't be simpler—it's simply even parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. Get the recipe for Negroni »Matt Taylor-Gross

Large-Batch Negroni Sbagliato

Large-Batch Negroni Sbagliato
Jeffrey Morgenthaler, bar manager of Clyde Common in Portland, is known for barrel-aging cocktails and other fancy bartender tricks. But when he throws a party, he makes this lightly bitter, pop-and-pour punch that's as easy as 1-2-3. Get the recipe for Large-Batch Negroni Sbagliato »Thomas Payne

White Negroni

White Negroni drinks
Gin and sweet vermouth are bolstered with Suze instead of the usual Campari. Get the recipe for White Negroni »Matt Taylor-Gross

Count Mast Negroni

Count Mast Negroni cocktail
In this negroni riff, Jägermeister replaces classic Campari for a more herbaceous, licorice-scented profile. The substitute gives the drink more sweetness and body, which is rounded out by the oils of the lemon peel garnish. Get the recipe for Count Mast Negroni cocktail »Dan Q. Dao

Bermuda Hundred

Bermuda Hundred Cocktail
Beth Dixon, bartender at Pasture in Richmond, Virginia, describes this fun cocktail as the lovechild of a Mai Tai and a Negroni. Get the recipe for Bermuda Hundred »Matt Taylor-Gross

Half-Sized Negroni Cocktail (TiNegroni)

Half-Sized Negroni Cocktail (TiNegroni)
The negroni without a headache the next day. Get the recipe for Half-Sized Negroni Cocktail (TiNegroni) »Matt Taylor-Gross

Broken Negroni (Negroni Sbagliato)

Negroni Sbagliato
Mixologist David Welch pours this bubbly riff on a negroni at Sunshine Tavern in Portland, Oregon. Get the recipe for Broken Negroni (Negroni Sbagliato) »Helen Rosner

Americano

Americano Cocktail
The 19th-century Italian cocktail the Milano-Torino consisted of bitter Campari and Martini sweet vermouth. It is said that American travelers preferred their apéritifs with soda water, so the Milano-Torino with soda became known as the Americano. Get the recipe for Americano »Ingalls Photography

Contessa

Contessa
The Contessa, a modern creation of John Gertsen, a bartender at Boston's Drink, replaces two of the Negroni's three ingredients: Campari is swapped for the lighter and more orangey Aperol and dry vermouth substitutes for sweet. It's more like the Negroni's third cousin than a direct descendant. Get the recipe for Contessa »Ingalls Photography

Boulevardier Cocktail

Boulevardier Cocktail
In this negroni variation, gin is swapped out for bourbon. Get the recipe for Boulevardier Cocktail »Ingalls Photography

Old Pal

Old Pal
In this negroni cousin, the gin is replaced with rye whiskey. Get the recipe for Old Pal »Ingalls Photography

Pink Negroni

Pink Negroni
Light, orangey Lillet Blanc and fresh lemon juice brighten a springlike twist on the Negroni. Tarragon and tart, hibiscus-based Burlesque Bitters from Bittermens add floral, herbaceous notes. Get the recipe for Pink Negroni »Zoe Schaeffer

Amber Negroni

Amber Negroni
Replacing the Negroni's traditional sweet vermouth with Lillet and the Campari with Braulio, an herbal Italian amaro, gives this twist on the classic cocktail a rich amber hue and a pleasingly astringent edge. Get the recipe for Amber Negroni »Zoe Schaeffer