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Negroni Cocktail

The Negroni Cocktail is classically made with equal parts Gin, Italian Sweet Vermouth and Compari (or similar Italian bitter like Cappelletti), stirred (not shaken) over ice, and served with a twist or slice of orange. It’s well known for it’s lovely color and perhaps less known for it’s colorful history.

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The day we enjoyed these two beauties was the same day the temperature broke 80 degrees, we planted our spring flower beds, spread 15 bags of mulch and raked a mountain of leaves. We were hot and thirsty and when these two glasses appeared one the top of our fence, it was like a cool breeze swept over our patio.

Ms. Pat moved into the house next door late in 2019. We had only met once or twice before covid swept the nation and socializing with friends and neighbors virtually stopped. As a family we found ourselves looking for ways to remain positive and keep the kids engaged. We turned to chalk art and used the streets of our neighborhood as our canvas. We carried our buckets of chalk from one end of our community to the other, stopping randomly to spread a little cheer. It was Ella’s flower garden chalk drawing in front of Ms. Pat’s house, complete with a picture of her dog Remy, that started our friendship.

There is a fence between our two backyards and most conversations are had peering sideways through one of the diamond shaped openings. There’s just enough of a shelf at the top of the fence to perch a bowl of Paella or a loaf of hot baked bread or a slice of the most delicious white coconut cake or two Negroni Cocktails.

Ms. Pat is pretty particular about her Negroni Cocktail and after sipping these deliciously refreshing libations, who am I to question? There is the classic bitter yet smooth flavor, but with deep fruity notes balanced by the sweet orange and vermouth and an almost herby finish. She prefers Bombay Sapphire gin, Rosso Vermouth, and Cappelletti over Compari and also only uses fresh sweet oranges. You do not shake, only stir this cocktail and serve over fresh ice with a beautiful slice of the sweet orange. Cheers!

Negroni Cocktail

Pat’s Negroni Cocktail

This Negroni has the classic bitter yet smooth flavor, but with deep fruity notes balanced by the sweet orange and vermouth and an almost herby finish.
Course Cocktail
Servings 1


  • 1 part Gin Pat prefers Bombay Sapphire
  • 1 part Italian Sweet Vermouth Pat prefers Rosso Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 part Compari Pat prefers Cappelletti
  • 1 sweet orange cut into slices


  • Combine liquors into a glass and stir (do not shake). Pour into ice filled glasses. Squeeze one slice of orange into each glass, then garnish with separate orange slice.

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