What Does a Negroni Taste Like?

The Negroni is a classic cocktail with a somewhat debatable origin. The current version of this bright red drink dates back to 1920 Italy. Having resurged back into mainstream popularity in 2015, the Negroni is having a well-deserved moment. 

Considered the perfect balance of bitter and sweet, the Negroni is a masterpiece. Combining Campari, Gin, and sweet vermouth, the flavors compete for attention. Fruity, bitter, and sweet notes will dance over your tongue in a well-choreographed dance. The first few sips may make you pause, but you will undoubtedly come back for more. 



Campari is the star of this drink, which accounts for the bittersweet flavor. It has strong notes of orange, cherry, clove, and cinnamon. Considered one of the most bitter liqueurs in modern drinks, it also provides the signature red color of the Negroni.  

Sweet Vermouth

Vermouth is a staple in many cocktails. Sweet vermouth is slightly bitter with hints of vanilla and caramel. 


Gin hardly needs an introduction as it dates back to the 13th century and is a core alcohol in any bar cabinet. Thanks to the juniper berries, this clear liquor tastes like pine needles. Mildly bitter with hints of citrus, Gin has an herbal or floral aftertaste.  

Final Thoughts

Given the surge in popularity and the now weeklong celebration of the Negroni, any adventurous drinker should give this ruby-red cocktail a chance. Keep in mind that it contains around 24% ABV, so pace yourself. With only three ingredients, even a novice cocktail maker can confidently mix one up from the comfort of your home.