The Comeback Kid

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The Negroni is one of the oldest cocktails on our list of classics— but surprisingly, only two one favor General Pascal Olivier de Negroni as the original creator, while the other attributes it to Count Camillo Negroni.

Those who favor General Pascal Oivier de Negroni with the original recipe insist that the drink originally came from MIlan, where American soldiers often passed through and preferred a slightly lighter refreshment in their glass—typically a splash of soda water on top of the heavily bittered drink known as the MIlano-Torino (or “Americano” in slang).

In 1919 the cocktail came into its true form, however, as the hands of Florentine Count Camillo Negroni, who asked his bartender to keep the soda water, but add a base spirit of gin.

The Original Recipe, reissued by Saveur:


1 oz. Campari
1 oz. gin (Find a local bottle at Tipsy here!)
1 oz. sweet vermouth

Negronis remain beloved, and have even branched off into a new subsection of cocktails know as the “White Negroni.” We love this delicate and balanced version ourselves:


White Negroni from Miguel at Holy City Handcraft:

(1½ oz gin)[] ¼ oz Lavender/Orange Honey syrup <br? 1 oz Lillet Blanc
½ oz Suze
1 Pinch Smoked Salt
3 drops Lavender Bitters