This Simple White Negroni is refreshing and so easy! With gin, a French bitter aperitif, and Lillet Blanc, this easy cocktail is great for any occasion.
The Negroni is one of the most popular cocktails for a reason. It's one of the most recognizable 3-ingredient cocktails, with it's bright red color and orange slice garnish.
Classically, a Negroni is equal parts gin, sweet red vermouth, and Campari. This makes for a sweet, herbal, citrusy cocktail that satisfies the sweet tooth with a little bite.
The original is delicious, but I love playing around with different Negroni variations. You can change up the flavors and incorporate many different types of gin - dry gin or herbal flavor gin are both excellent in this cocktail.
While a classic Negroni is made with Campari, sweet vermouth, gin, and an orange twist, this is no traditional Negroni! This Simple White Negroni has gin, Lillet Blanc, and Suze, a gentian liqueur that gives the cocktail it's bitter flavor.
Suze is a French aperitif and is so delicious in this modern classic. You can find it at a specialty liquor store.
I love this for a homemade happy hour before dinner. This drink is also great for a dinner party - the bright yellow color will intrigue your guests!
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 with an extra lemon twist! You could even add soda water and make it a spritz.
Unique - This cocktail is full of French ingredients that you might not have tried yet! It's a great reason to add some variety to your liquor cabinet and impress your friends!
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 simple ingredients you will need for this white Negroni recipe:
- Gin - You can use any gin that you have on hand. I personally enjoy a gin with floral notes in this cocktail.
- Lillet Blanc - A French fortified wine. You can substitute this for a dry white vermouth.
- Suze - Suze is a bitter French liqueur. It's made from gentian root and makes this drink a Negroni.
- Lemon Peel - for garnish
Let's make this gin cocktail recipe together!
Add gin, Lillet Blanc, and Suze to a cocktail mixing glass filled with ice. Stir until chilled, about 15 seconds.
Strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice. I recommend using large ice cubes because they melt slower. Or, you could serve this cocktail up but just straining into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with a lemon peel and serve. 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 gins. I love the Guild Gin from Watershed Distillery - it is delicious!
Use Correct Glassware - You can serve this Negroni Bianco up or on the rocks. If serving on the rocks, I recommend using a rocks glass. For serving up, serve this cocktail in a martini glass or coupe.
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 Mixing Glass - Every home mixologist needs a cocktail mixing glass! Check out this one.
Rocks Glass - If you're serving on the rocks, I love these beautiful rocks glasses!
Coupe - I'm a sucker for a beautiful coupe glass, and this glass is gorgeous if you like your cocktails served up.
Here are some common recipe substitutions and variations for this white Negroni cocktail recipe.
Lillet Flavor - Did you know there are many different types of Lillet? You can change up the flavor and try Lillet Rouge or Lillet Rosé.
Omit Suze - If you don't like the bitter liqueur flavor of suze, you can omit it from the cocktail and replace with Cocchi Americano or any other Blanc Vermouth.
Add Citrus - Add some citrus with a squeeze of lemon juice, or use a grapefruit slice, grapefruit twist, or lime wedge.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can drink Suze straight or in a cocktail. It's delicious sipped over ice with a citrus slice or great mixed into various cocktails. This French aperitif can be used in a variety of different ways, but it's frequently used in a white Negroni.
A Negroni is a bitter Italian cocktail that is traditionally made with vermouth, Campari, and gin. A white Negroni has variations of gin, a bitter, and Lillet Blanc.
Negronis are simple, elegant, and strong. They're easy enough to make at home and complex enough to order at a bar or restaurant.
What to Serve With
Check out some of these dishes that pair well with a White Negroni!
- Colossal Baked Jumbo Shrimp
- Baked Greek Salmon
- Simple Charcuterie Board
- Marinated Mozzarella Balls
- Summer Peach Panzanella Salad
- Broccoli with Whipped Goat Cheese
Other Recipes to Try
Simple White Negroni
- 1 ½ oz gin
- 1 oz Lillet blanc
- 1 oz Suze
- Lemon Peel
- Add Gin, Lillet Blanc, and Suze to a cocktail mixing glass filled with ice. Stir until chilled.
- Strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice. Garnish with lemon peel and serve.