Negroni Spritz is an easy cocktail recipe that's refreshing and delicious!
This Negroni Spritz marries the classic Negroni and the summer favorite, an aperol spritz!
This cocktail is perfect for sipping on hot summer days by the pool. It's also great for entertaining! This spritz is a perfect balance of a little sweet and a little bitter. It's one of my favorite Negroni variations, and it will be yours too!
If you've never had a Negroni, it's popular Italian cocktail made with equal parts gin, red vermouth, and Campari, a bitter Italian aperitif. This version makes it a spritz, with some sparkling water and a hint of orange. It's a low abv cocktail that is so delicious!
I like to garnish this Campari spritz with a slice of orange or use a dehydrated citrus slice and a cut of some fresh herbs from my garden.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Here's why you'll love this easy cocktail recipe.
Refreshing - This Negroni is so refreshing. I love this on a hot day or for an aperitivo hour at the end of a busy day.
Unique - This drink is a mix of two popular cocktails, making it a unique take that will impress your guests.
Easy - Although the flavor is complex, this drink is so easy to make! There are just a few ingredients and minimal steps to make this recipe. You won't even need a cocktail shaker!
Here are the ingredients you will need for this recipe:
- Gin - Use your favorite gin or whatever you have on hand.
- Sweet Vermouth - I recommend using Antica Formula
- Campari - The iconic ruby red aperitif that is the key to a Negroni!
- Orange Bitters - Gives a hint of orange to the cocktail
- Sparkling Water - I used plain sparkling water. You can add some more citrus flavor by using lemon or orange flavored sparking water. You can also use club soda.
- Garnish - Use an orange twist or dehydrated orange slice to garnish. Check out how to make your own dehydrated citrus here!
Let's make this recipe together!
Add gin, sweet vermouth, Campari, and orange bitters to a wine glass. Gently stir, then add ice and top with sparkling water.
Garnish with an orange peel twist or dehydrated citrus slice. Cheers!
Expert Tips and Tricks
Get Creative - Experiment with different gins! I love a floral note in this cocktail, so I like to use floral forward dry gin. I love the Guild Gin from Watershed Distillery - it is delicious!
Use Correct Glassware - This cocktail is perfect in a wine glass or a tall highball glass.
Experiment - If you're a big fan of this classic Italian cocktail, don't be afraid to experiment! Some Negroni fans insist that you must use equal parts of each ingredient in the recipe, and others insist that dry vermouth should be added to the cocktail. The best Negroni is the one that you enjoy - so become a mixologist and experiment with different combinations.
Here is some kitchen equipment you will need for this recipe. You can find all of these products on Amazon.
Cocktail Kit - Upgrade your home bar with this cocktail kit. You'll feel like you're at an Italian bar in your own home!
Wine Glass - This wine glass is similar to the one I used in the photos. It's great for all kids of wine and cocktails!
Cocktail Spoon - This stirring spoon is made specifically for stirring cocktails. It's a great addition to any home bar.
Here are some common recipe substitutions and variations for this refreshing drink.
Add Wine - You can add sparkling wine or a light Italian wine like pinot gris to this cocktail. After making the Negroni base, fill the cocktail glass with half wine and half sparkling water.
Garnish - You could garnish with fresh fruit such as strawberries, lemon slices, or lime slices.
Make it Sweet - If you want a sweeter spritz, you can add 2 oz of orange juice for some extra sweetness and orange flavor. Bonus points if you can use freshly squeezed orange juice!
Frequently Asked Questions
Campari is a popular aperitif. This Italian aperitif is made from a proprietary blend of herbs and spices and has a bitter citrus taste with a hint of sweetness.
The Negroni spritz has hints of sweetness and bitterness that is so refreshing! With sparkling water, it's a lighter take on a classic Negroni.
Aperol is the sweeter cousin of Campari. Aperol is made with flowers and has a bright citrus taste. Campari is more bitter with just a hint of sweetness.
Other Recipes to Try
- 1 oz Gin
- 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
- 1 oz Campari
- 2 dashes orange bitters
- Sparkling water to top
- Orange Twist or Dehydrated Orange to serve
- Add gin, sweet vermouth, Campari, and orange bitters to a wine glass filled with ice. Gently stir, then fill with ice and top with sparkling water.
- Garnish with an orange twist or dehydrated orange slice and serve.