Winter White Negroni Cocktail

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This white Negroni is guaranteed to put you in a holiday mood! It’s crisp, refreshing, and just the thing to have before a big Christmas meal.

Close up of white Negroni in a coupe glass with a rosemary garnish

What is a Negroni?

The Negroni is a classic, gin-based cocktail. Rumor has it that it was invented in Italy by Count Camillo Negroni, who asked a bartender friend for an Americano with gin in it instead of soda.

The drink soon took off, and the rest is history.

Negronis are considered an aperitif, meaning that they are supposed to be consumed before dinner to open your appetite.

Straight on shot of white negroni in a coupe glass surrounded by Christams decorations

But This White Negroni is Actually Yellow

“White” Negronis don’t share much in common with a traditional Negroni other than the gin and a hint of bitterness.

Traditional Negronis are deep red because they are made with Campari, an Italian liqueur, and vermouth. Campari is bright red and bitter, and this is where the traditional Negroni gets its beautiful red hue.

Overhead shot of white Negroni surrounded by cranberries and Christmas decorations and garnished with rosemary

White Negronis, on the other hand, are made with Suze, a slightly bitter French aperitif, or with Bonal Gentiane-Quina, another bitter liqueur. Bonal can be tricky to find, so people often substitute it for Cocchi Americano, an Italian aperitif.

Cocchi Americano has a distinct yellow color, which is what makes the White Negroni well…yellow. You can balance out the yellow hue of the Cocchi with some Dolin Blanc vermouth, which will produce an almost clear cocktail.

I ran out of Dolin Blanc, so I chose to take a risk and use both Cocchi and Suze. The resulting cocktail is still beautifully balanced, with a strong hint of the gentian root that is one of the key ingredients in Suze.

Winter White Negroni Cocktail

December 13, 2018
: 1
: 5 min
: 5 min
: Easy

This white Negroni cocktail is crisp, refreshing, and delicious! It's the perfect drink to have before a big holiday meal.

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Ingredients
  • 2 oz of dry gin (I used The Botanist)
  • 1 oz Cocchi Americano
  • 0.5 oz Suze
  • Rosemary sprig or lemon twist to garnish
Directions
  • Step 1 Fill a cocktail mixing glass with ice.
  • Step 2 Pour all of the ingredients into the mixing glass and stir with a bar spoon until chilled (30-40 seconds).
  • Step 3 Strain the mixture into a coupe glass and garnish with rosemary or lemon twist.
  • Step 4 Serve immediately.

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