The Negroni is a classic gin cocktail. And whilst we love to stay true to original recipes, we also love mixing things up every now and then.

So why not stir things up with these Negroni twists. We’ve taken the classic three ingredients and given them a modern edge, Beefeater style.

Here’s our favourite variations on the Negroni cocktail.


Are there different types of Negroni?

The original Negroni recipe dates back to the early 1900s, containing just gin, Campari and sweet vermouth. But since then, there’s been so many different types of alternative variations, some of which have become classics in their own right.

Popular examples include the Boulevardier which swaps gin for whisky, and the White Negroni which uses Suze and Lillet Blanc to create a lighter, citrusy serve. The Negroni Sbagliato is another famous twist, pouring Prosecco in place of gin for a sparkling alternative.

Find out more about the Negroni’s history.


Best Negroni cocktail variations


The classic Negroni just got lighter. This bold serve swaps orange tanginess for zesty lemon in this refreshing, summer serve. Make a White Negroni and do things differently.



30ml Beefeater Zesty Lemon Gin
30ml Lillet Blanc
25ml Suze
5ml Italicus
Lemon twist garnish



Step 1. Pour all ingredients into a glass over ice and stir well.
Step 2. Peel a lemon to get a thin lemon twist and garnish.



Adding 10ml of pomegranate juice turns this classic into a fruitier version. Top with soda for a refreshing take on an Americano.



○ 40ml Beefeater London Dry Gin
○ 30ml Campari
○ 25ml Lillet Blanc
○ 10ml pomegranate juice
○ 2 dashes orange bitters



Step 1. Add all ingredients into a mixing glass and add ice.
Step 2. Stir until chilled.
Step 3. Strain into glass and add ice.

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Orange works exceptionally well in a Negroni – the original recipe calls for Campari after all, a bitter aperitif that contains intense orange flavours among those of rhubarb and spice. If you like the orange tang, give this Blood Orange Negroni a go.



○ 30ml Beefeater Blood Orange Gin
30ml Italian Bitter Aperitivo
30ml Sweet Vermouth
Orange wedge garnish



Step 1. Pour all ingredients into a rocks glass over ice and stir well until chilled.
Step 2. Garnish with an orange wedge and serve.



If you’re after a real showstopper then this frozen version is a treat for the eyes and the tastebuds. If you haven’t got the right kind of mould, just skip the freezing section and mix the ingredients as you would in a classic.



○ 25ml Beefeater Blood Orange Gin
25ml Lillet Blanc
25ml Campari
2 dashes Orange Bitters



Step 1. Take a large ice sphere mould and fill to the very top with water through the hole in the top.
Step 2. Place the mould in the freezer for roughly two hours, after which gently flip the mould and leave for another two hours.

Step 3. Using a syringe, gently perforate the ice at the top of the mould and remove excess water from the centre of the sphere.

Step 4. Prepare negroni by combining ingredients in a mixing glass and stirring over ice.

Step 5. Use a syringe to inject the negroni into the sphere. The sphere can be left in the freezer for as long as one likes.



An Italian inspired twist on an Italian classic. The Lillet Blanc and the bergamot-led Italicus give an even smoother feel.



○ 25ml Beefeater London Dry Gin
○ 25ml Italicus
○ 25ml Lillet Blanc
○ Green Olives



Step 1. Add each of the ingredients into a mixing glass and add ice.
Step 2. Stir until chilled.
Step 3. Strain into glass and add ice.

Step 4. Garnish with green olives.



If you like things hot, then this warm Negroni variation is going to be right up your street. Comforting, refreshing and perfect for cosy winter’s evenings, this is a seasonal cocktail you’ll be making again and again. Adding chamomile tea to this Hot Negroni recipe makes for the perfect nightcap.



25ml Beefeater Blood Orange Gin
25ml Campari
25ml Sweet Vermouth
Top up with Chamomile Tea

Dehydrated Blood Orange Wheel to garnish

○ Cinnamon Stick to garnish



Step 1. Add gin, campari and sweet vermouth to a mug.
Step 2. Top up with fresh, hot chamomile tea and stir together.
Step 3. Garnish with a blood orange wheel and cinnamon stick. Stir and sip slowly!



If you like the bittersweet tang of a classic Negroni, then make sure to give this twist a try. Using the Italian liqueur Cynar instead of Campari, this recipe brings much more of a herbal, botanical taste, offering more of a dark brown colour than the classic rich red. The perfect aperitif. 



30ml Beefeater London Dry Gin
30ml Cynar
30ml Sweet Vermouth
Lemon peel garnish



Step 1. Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass and add ice.
Step 2. Stir until chilled.
Step 3. Strain into glass and add ice.

Step 4. Garnish with a lemon peel rind.



The Negroni meets a Martini in this classy old school cocktail. Dating back to the 1940s, the Gloria has a similar base to the Negroni’s gin, Campari and vermouth combination. But this time swaps dry vermouth for sweet, adding a touch of orange liqueur.



○ 45ml Beefeater London Dry Gin
○ 15ml Cynar
15ml Dry Vermouth

○ 15ml Grand Marnier
Orange twist to garnish



Step 1. Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass and add ice.
Step 2. Stir until chilled for at least 30 seconds.
Step 3. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with an orange twist.


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