Smoked Negroni

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Smoked Negroni

This twist on the classic Negroni, retains the characteristic herbaceous, bitterness of the original but adds a rich smoky element by replacing the gin with mezcal. The Smoked Negroni is a complex and challenging cocktail, but a great choice for anyone who’s a fan of the original or a lover of agave-based spirits.

Mezcal, Campari, Sweet Vermouth.

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The Smoked Negroni is a great twist on an already grown-up drink. The bitter complexity of the Negroni meant it took a while to build up popularity but its now a firm favourite among drinkers everywhere.

This version replaces gin with mezcal. This smoky spirit is the traditional form of tequila, a liquor distilled from the hearts of agave cacti which have been roasted in an underground fire-pit to give the spirit its distinctive flavour. Mezcal has a similar richness and complexity to Islay scotch, and with its deep botanical base makes a perfect alternative to gin in this classic cocktail.

The smoky flavour of mezcal isn’t for everybody so if you’re planning on serving a Smoked Negroni, it might be worth featuring the original too to give your guests some variety. For those who are set on an agave-based menu, mezcal can be used in place of tequila in a lot of cocktails to give an added smoky flavour. A classic Margarita or Paloma is transformed by this simple substitution, but the original tequila versions work as a solid choice for those who prefer their drinks milder or sweeter. You could offer both options to fully showcase the versatility of this curious cactus and its by-products.

The Smoked Negroni is a Mexican spin on a classic Italian-styled amaro cocktail. There are a whole family of similar drinks which mix vermouths and bitter liqueurs to create bitter and herbal cocktails with a mild sweetness, and a generally a low enough alcohol content to be consumed all evening. Some other great aperitivo-style cocktails are the Americano; the forefather of Negroni and a much lighter version featuring soda water in place of the gin, and the Aperol Spritz; the most famous and popular of the aperitivos and the perfect mixture of bitter and sweet to help quench thirsts on a hot summer evening.

If you’re keen to feature a Smoked Negroni as part of your menu and want to know more about what cocktails might go well with it, be sure to speak to your event organiser, or check out some other mezcal and tequila based, aperitivo, and short-style cocktails from our list.


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Ingredients & Equipment


  • 25ml Mezcal
  • 25ml Campari
  • 25ml Sweet Vermouth
  • Orange Slice or Twist for Garnish


  • Jigger/Measure
  • Bar Spoon
  • Rocks Glass
  • Cubed Ice
  • Take your rocks glass
  • Using your jigger to measure, add the mezcal, Campari and vermouth to the glass
  • Fill the glass ⅔ with cubed ice
  • Holding your bar spoon between your thumb and your forefinger, gently stir the cocktail, being careful not to chip the ice
  • Stir briefly to combine the ingredients and incorporate the ice
  • Top your glass up with a little more ice if needed
  • Garnish with an orange slice or orange twist
  • Serve and enjoy!



Fancy learning some of the core techniques that go into making the perfect Smoked Negroni? Join us on one of our range of cocktail making masterclasses.

We’re strong advocates of experience and it’s crucial role to picking up and applying knowledge. That’s why we deliver each of our range of cocktail making classes in as interactive a fashion as possible – providing a fully-equipped bar station for each of our guests, in turn giving them a great opportunity to really get to grips with the professional-standard equipment and ingredients at hand. On top of this, the fact that there will never be more than 5 guests to any one bar limits the time spent standing around as much as possible, meaning nobody’s experience is compromised.

The open-to-the-public variety of our cocktail making classes run every Friday and Saturday at our sister company and permanent home on Shoreditch’s Kingsland Road, TT Liquor, which houses a range of fully-equipped cocktail making studios.

 We also offer the option of taking things private if you’re part of a group of 6 or more aspiring mixologists. Our mobile cocktail class service allows us to take our portable bars on the road with us to any location across London, the UK and beyond. We have over a decade of experience and in that time we’ve held classes half way up the Shard, in a client’s back garden, and even as far afield as the Scottish Highlands.

If any of this sounds right up your street, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 020 8003 7982 and one of our dedicated events organisers will happily talk you through some your options, as well as answer any queries you may have about our services.