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The robust, smoky flavour of the mezcal with its subtle herbaceous and savoury notes pairs fantastically with the already bitter and herbal components of this celebrated cocktail.

How to make ...

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.

Method

Find yourself a rocks glass and, 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, and top up your glass up with a little more ice if needed.

Garnish with an orange slice or orange twist.

Serve and enjoy!

Equipment

Jigger/Measure
Bar Spoon
Cubed Ice

History

This cocktail, sometimes known as a Negringo, is a common and increasingly popular spin on the Negroni. The robust, smoky flavour of the mezcal with its subtle herbaceous and savoury notes, pairs fantastically with the already bitter and herbal components of this celebrated cocktail, elevating it without overshadowing its iconic character.

Despite its relative popularity in the cocktail world, tracing the origin of this Negroni-twist proves surprisingly difficult. It seems that with mezcal’s renaissance over the last 2 decades, bartenders from all over the world have been struck with the idea of adding this savoury spirit to the notorious amaro cocktail.

Despite its relative popularity in the cocktail world, tracing the origin of this Negroni-spin proves fairly difficult, it seems that with mezcal’s renaissance over the last 2 decades, bartenders from all over the world have been struck with the idea of adding this savoury spirit to the notorious amaro cocktail.

Learn to make this classic cocktail during one of our award-winning cocktail making masterclasses, with prices starting from £70 per head.

Allergens
Contains sulphites.
Ingredients

25ml Mezcal

25ml Campari

25ml Sweet Vermouth

Orange Slice or Twist for garnish

Times:

Prep: 2 Minutes

Make: 30 Seconds

Total: 2 Minutes and 30 Seconds

Calories:

119 calories

Servings:

Serves 1

Method

Find yourself a rocks glass and, 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, and top up your glass up with a little more ice if needed.

Garnish with an orange slice or orange twist.

Serve and enjoy!

Equipment

Jigger/Measure
Bar Spoon
Cubed Ice

History

This cocktail, sometimes known as a Negringo, is a common and increasingly popular spin on the Negroni. The robust, smoky flavour of the mezcal with its subtle herbaceous and savoury notes, pairs fantastically with the already bitter and herbal components of this celebrated cocktail, elevating it without overshadowing its iconic character.

Despite its relative popularity in the cocktail world, tracing the origin of this Negroni-twist proves surprisingly difficult. It seems that with mezcal’s renaissance over the last 2 decades, bartenders from all over the world have been struck with the idea of adding this savoury spirit to the notorious amaro cocktail.

Despite its relative popularity in the cocktail world, tracing the origin of this Negroni-spin proves fairly difficult, it seems that with mezcal’s renaissance over the last 2 decades, bartenders from all over the world have been struck with the idea of adding this savoury spirit to the notorious amaro cocktail.

Learn to make this classic cocktail during one of our award-winning cocktail making masterclasses, with prices starting from £70 per head.

Allergens
Contains sulphites.
Recommended

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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