Best Negroni Recipes for the Summer

When it comes to cocktails, the simpler the better—at least when you’re mixing it yourself. The Negroni is one of the easiest drinks to make, with just three ingredients: gin, vermouth, and Campari. Despite its simplicity, the drink has a classic air of sophistication—James Bond (in the book series) has even been known to drink Negronis and Americanos, a variation made with club soda. In honor of Negroni Week, a worldwide event involving 4,566 bars and restaurants, RealClearLife is breaking down the best Negroni recipes out there.


Kingston Negroni

1 oz. Campari
1 oz. Smith & Cross Jamaican rum
1 oz. Carpano Antica sweet vermouth

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir briskly until just cold. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with an orange twist, expressed, and inserted.


Italian Ibis

½ oz. Campari
1 ½ oz. Plantation Pineapple
¾ oz. Carpano Antica
¼ oz. Zuca


Summer Negroni

.5 oz. Strawberry-Infused Campari
.5 oz. Strawberry-Infused Aperol
1 oz. Cinzano Bianco
1 oz. Gin

Stir and strain over one large ice cube. Garnish with an orange twist and a slice of strawberry.

Summer Negroni

Dutch Monte

¾ oz Campari
¾ oz Amaro Montenegro
1 ½ oz Bols Genever
2 dash Degroffs Pimento Bitters

Stirred. Served over rocks with an orange twist.

Negroni 1

Bitter Bird

¾ oz. Campari
¾ oz. Dolin Rouge
½ oz. Plantation Pineapple
½ oz. Cruzan Blackstrap

Negroni 2