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Want to Drink Like an Italian? Order a Negroni


Of all the classic cocktails, the Negroni is perhaps the most polarizing. While those averse to the drink’s famously bitter flavor may shy away, the ones who love it do so wholeheartedly. Indeed, this simple-yet-stiff drink packs a serious punch, while remaining refreshing, satisfying and pleasantly bitter on the palate. 

But there’s more to this beloved drink than first meets the eye. Here’s everything you need to know.

What Is a Negroni Cocktail?

Simply put, a Negroni is a red-hued, classic Italian cocktail crafted from equal parts gin, Campari and sweet vermouth. It’s often garnished with an orange peel or slice, and classic Italian versions often also include a splash of soda water. The cocktail is generally served as an aperitivo and is stirred, not shaken. It’s best enjoyed over a large ice cube in a rocks glass.