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The Rosita is a masterpiece born from the marriage of tequila, Campari, and vermouth. This drink takes a tequila cocktail to the next level with its sophisticated and bold flavors.

boozy refreshing tequila la rosita negroni cocktail with a grapefruit garnish

This beverage begins with reposado tequila, aged in oak barrels to acquire a velvety, mellower character. It blends seamlessly with the sweet and dry vermouth, each contributing its distinct personality to the mix. Campari, the bitter, citrus-infused liqueur, adds a twist that elevates the cocktail’s complexity to new heights. To further enrich the concoction, a dash of Angostura bitters is introduced, creating a canvas of bittersweet nuances.

Crafting the Rosita demands precision and finesse, requiring a mixing glass, ice, and an artful selection of premium ingredients. The culmination of these elements produces a drink that transcends the ordinary, offering a refined balance of flavors that dance gracefully on the taste buds.


The origin of the Rosita cocktail remains unknown, but its popularity can be attributed to Gary ‘Gaz’ Regan, even though for some years he was in denial. The Rosita was introduced to Gaz by a fellow cocktail geek back in 2005, who in turn had discovered the recipe in an article written by Terry Sullivan, a fellow drinks writer.

The recipe was published in Sullivan’s 1991 book, “The Bartender’s Bible,” which has become a staple in many bartenders’ libraries. The Rosita is a modern classic cocktail most often described as a tequila Negroni, though this simplistic explanation vastly undersells the drink.

Its formula is suspiciously similar to various Negroni variations, basically splitting the vermouth portion. The recipe seems to have evolved over time, with scant history available. The Rosita combines a gentle smokiness and caramel with a bright, herbal bittersweetness. The play of the vermouth with the Campari gives it a distinctly Negroni-like flavor, and fans of the bitter will find a lot to love in this drink.

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How to Make It

boozy refreshing tequila la rosita negroni cocktail with a grapefruit garnish


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

To make a delicious Rosita cocktail, you will need the following ingredients:


  • 1 1/2 oz tequila
  • ½ oz sweet vermouth
  • ½ oz dry vermouth
  • ½ oz Campari
  • A dash of Angostura bitters
  • Ice cubes
  • An orange peel or twist for garnish


  1. To begin, fill a mixing glass with ice cubes. Add the tequila, sweet vermouth, dry vermouth, and Campari to the mixing glass. 
  2. Stir the ingredients together until they are well combined and chilled.
  3. Next, strain the cocktail into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice cubes. 
  4. Add a dash of Angostura bitters to the top of the cocktail. 
  5. Finally, garnish the drink with an orange peel or twist.

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The Rosita cocktail is a versatile drink that can be customized to suit your taste. Here are a few variations you can try:

Gin Rosita

If you prefer gin over tequila, you can substitute it for the reposado tequila in the classic recipe. The gin Rosita has a lighter, more floral flavor than the tequila version. Use a London dry gin for the best results.

Sweet Rosita

If you like your cocktails on the sweeter side, you can increase the amount of sweet vermouth in the recipe. This will give the drink a richer, fruitier flavor. You can also add a splash of orange juice for extra sweetness.

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Dry Rosita

On the other hand, if you prefer a drier, more bitter cocktail, you can increase the amount of dry vermouth and Campari. This will give the drink a more complex, nuanced flavor. You can also add a dash of orange bitters for extra depth.

Margarita Rosita

For a fun twist on the classic Margarita, you can substitute the tequila in the recipe with Rosita ingredients. Add lime juice and agave syrup to the mix, and serve it in a salt-rimmed rocks glass. This drink is perfect for a summer day.

Martini Rosita

If you’re a fan of the classic Martini, you can give it a Rosita twist by substituting the gin and vermouth with tequila and Rosita ingredients. Add a dash of orange bitters and serve it in a chilled martini glass. This drink is perfect for an aperitif.

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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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