Mezcal Negroni Cocktail
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Mezcal Negroni

When it comes to ordering cocktails, Americans love to have a different take on some classics. The mezcal negroni is a modern take on the traditional negroni recipe, which can be slightly bitter.

With an agave spirit instead of gin, the mezcal really amps up the flavor. However, the smoky and earthy sweetness the agave brings can handle the bolder spirits like the bitter-tasting Campari, making it a boldly modern take on the original negroni.


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Try a Mezcal Negroni for a Bold Cocktail Experience

The bold smokiness of the agave spirit blends undeniably well with the sweet vermouth and bitter Campari, making the mezcal negroni one delicious and sippable drink.

Try a blanca mezcal like Del Maguey VIDA, which allows the other flavor profiles of the sweet vermouth and citrus to peek through without overwhelming the cocktail. It might be three ingredients, but their simplicity hides a subtly complex flavor profile with some genuinely delicious notes.


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The traditional negroni cocktail has been riffed upon endlessly and is not only a classic cocktail but has been enjoyed by greats like James Bond and Orson Welles. In fact, the original recipe for the negroni is nothing to shake a finger at—for many, it’s simply too bitter to be their go-to cocktail.

However, that’s where the mezcal takes center stage—it balances out that herbal bitterness and allows the sweet vermouth and citrus to shine right through.



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History of the Traditional Negroni

If you’re not familiar with mezcal, it’s a little bit sharper and more striking than its cousin, also known as tequila. Both tequila and mezcal are made from the agave plant, but tequila is strictly made from blue agave. Mezcal can be made from many different varieties of agave plants.

While it may be the tradition in Mexico to drink mezcal straight up, this spirit lends its earthy and smoky flavor to many different cocktails, making it highly versatile.


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The romantic history of the negroni hearkens back to the beginning of the 20th century when the Italian Count Camillo Negroni was in Florence at Bar Casoni.

He requested a stiffer cocktail than the usual Americano he preferred: a mix of Campari, sweet vermouth, and sparkling water. The bartender replaced the water with gin, and the traditional negroni was born!



  • 1 oz mezcal
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1 oz Campari
  • Garnish with an orange wheel



  1. Gather your ingredients, a rocks glass, and a mixing glass with ice
  2. Combine the mezcal, sweet vermouth, and Campari to the glass
  3. Strain the mixture into a rocks glass with one or two ice cubes
  4. Garnish the drink with an orange wheel
  5. Serve immediately and enjoy the delicious repertoire of flavors


This striking red and orange cocktail is not only beautiful in color but has a smoky sweetness unrivaled by the traditional negroni, which some find too bitter. However, the mezcal, made from the agave plant, is what makes this cocktail shine.

Its flavor is very complex, considering it only consists of three ingredients, and the mezcal is the perfect bedmate for Campari and sweet vermouth. Try this take on the original negroni cocktail today, which makes for an earthy cocktail with herbal notes and a smoky pop of citrus.

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