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Mezcal Negroni

This smoky variation on the classic Negroni is made with mezcal instead of gin, giving it a unique flavor that’s perfect for happy hour or a dinner party. The smoky flavor of the mezcal adds a new dimension to the classic Negroni, making it a favorite among bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts alike. If you’re a fan of Negroni variations, the Mezcal Negroni is a must-try.

Mezcal Negroni Cocktail

It’s a great way to experiment with different spirits and flavors, and is sure to impress your guests at your next dinner party. So why not mix up a Mezcal Negroni tonight and enjoy the herbal, smoky taste of this classic cocktail?


The history of the Mezcal Negroni is not entirely clear, but it is believed to have originated in the early 2000s during the cocktail renaissance. Mezcal is an agave spirit that is made from the agave plant. It is similar to tequila, but it is made from a different type of agave and it is produced in a different region of Mexico. Mezcal has a smoky flavor that is derived from the way it is produced. The agave plant is roasted in an underground pit before it is distilled, which gives mezcal its distinctive flavor.


The Negroni cocktail was first created in Florence, Italy, in the early 1900s. Legend has it that Count Camillo Negroni asked the bartender at Caffè Cassoni to make him a stronger version of his favorite cocktail, the Americano. The bartender replaced the soda in the Americano with gin, and the Negroni was born.

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The Mezcal Negroni is a relatively new addition to the world of cocktails, but it has quickly become a popular drink. It is a smoky and complex cocktail that is perfect for sipping on a warm summer evening. 

Mayahuel, a bar in New York City, is often credited with popularizing the Mezcal Negroni. The bar’s owner, Phil Ward, is a well-known mixologist who is known for his innovative cocktails. The Mezcal Negroni was one of the first cocktails that he created for the bar, and it quickly became one of the bar’s most popular drinks.

How to Make It

Mezcal Negroni Cocktail

Mezcal Negroni

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Making a mezcal negroni is a simple process that requires a few basic ingredients and some mixing skills. Here is how you can make a perfect mezcal negroni at home:


  • 1 oz mezcal
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1 oz Campari
  • Fresh ice
  • Orange twist or orange peel for garnish


    1. Fill a cocktail mixing glass or mason jar with fresh ice.
    2. Add the mezcal, Campari, and sweet vermouth to the mixing glass.
    3. Stir the ingredients with a bar spoon until they are well combined and chilled.
    4. Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice.
    5. Garnish with an orange twist or orange peel.



  • Mixing glass or mason jar
  • Bar spoon
  • Rocks glass

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If you’re a fan of the Negroni cocktail, you’ll love the mezcal Negroni. This variation of the classic Italian cocktail uses mezcal instead of gin, giving it a smoky flavor that pairs perfectly with the bitter Campari and sweet vermouth. But did you know that there are many other variations of the mezcal Negroni that you can try?

Here are a few variations to consider:

Negroni Sbagliato

This variation of the Negroni replaces gin with sparkling wine, giving it a lighter, bubbly flavor. It’s perfect for brunch or a daytime happy hour.


Similar to the Negroni, the Boulevardier replaces gin with whiskey, giving it a richer, more complex flavor. It’s perfect for a dinner party or a nightcap.

Paloma Negroni

This variation combines the smoky flavor of mezcal with the refreshing taste of grapefruit soda. It’s a great choice for a summer cocktail.

White Negroni

This variation replaces the red Campari with a white, herbal liqueur like Suze or Lillet Blanc. It’s a lighter, more floral take on the classic Negroni.

Negroni de Nubes

This variation, created by Leanne Favre, uses tequila instead of gin and adds a splash of grapefruit juice for a bright, citrusy flavor.

Negroni Absinth

This variation, created by Sarah Morrsisey, adds a touch of absinthe to the classic Negroni recipe for a complex, herbal flavor.

What is the difference between a Negroni and a mezcal Negroni?

Can you make a mezcal Negroni with Aperol instead of Campari?

Yes, you can make a mezcal Negroni with Aperol instead of Campari. Aperol is a less bitter and sweeter alternative to Campari, which will result in a slightly different flavor profile for the cocktail.

How many calories are in a mezcal Negroni?

The number of calories in a mezcal Negroni depends on the recipe and the size of the drink. On average, a 3 oz mezcal Negroni contains around 200-250 calories.

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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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