Aperol Negroni

A light, refreshing take on a classic Negroni with a luscious orange color

An Aperol Negroni is a light, refreshing take on a classic Negroni that uses Aperol, instead of Campari, to add bright summer flavors and a luscious orange color.

What makes the Aperol Negroni such a nice variation on a traditional Negroni is how the bright flavors from the Aperol work with the dry vermouth to create a light, refreshing negroni, compared to the traditional combination of Campari and sweet vermouth that use a heavy hand to wake up your taste buds.

Aperol Negroni Pour

Serve over ice

A part of what makes this cocktail so refreshing is how chilling it, while it’s being mixed and serving it over ice, accentuates the herbaceousness in the amaro.

With only three ingredients this is an easy drink to mix up in batches or on-demand all summer long. We like to garnish it with a small strand of orange peel to highlight the drink’s colors and flavors.

Aperol Negroni Orange Peel

Garnish the cocktail by airmailing a small slice of orange peel over the top

You can learn more about Amari like Aperol and Campari by reading Amaro 101: An Introduction to the Italian Tradition of Amari.

Aperol Negroni Recipe

Aperol Negroni

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Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail


  • 1 oz gin
  • 1 oz Aperol
  • 3/4 oz dry vermouth
  • 1 orange twist


  • In a large glass add the gin, Aperol, and dry vermouth. Stir the drink for a long time, thinking about the ones that got away.
  • Strain into an old-fashioned glass and serve with a large chunk of ice and an orange twist.
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