Aperol Negroni Cocktail Drink Recipe

Learn how to make the best refreshing Aperol Negroni cocktail recipe.

Take a sensory trip to the scenic Amalfi Coast while sipping a quick & easy spin on the classic Negroni mixed drink made with Italy’s favourite aperitif.

We love making homemade Negroni with Aperol cocktails in the summer on the cottage dock in Muskoka or on a sun-soaked patio in Toronto.

Our simple Negroni recipe features Aperol Italian apéritif, gin, sweet red vermouth and a slice of fresh orange. It’s the perfect summer cocktail for citrus lovers!

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What Is An Aperol Negroni?

A classic Negroni is an Italian aperitivo cocktail, made of one part gin, one part red vermouth, and one part Campari, garnished with an orange peel.

Campari is an Italian alcoholic liqueur, considered an apéritif, obtained from the infusion of herbs and fruit in alcohol and water. It is a bitters, characterised by its dark red colour.

A traditionally made Negroni is stirred, not shaken, and built over ice in an old-fashioned or rocks glass.

While the drink’s origins are unknown, the most widely reported account is that it was first mixed in Florence, in 1919, at Caffè Casoni. Pascal Olivier Count de Negroni concocted it by asking the bartender, Fosco Scarselli, to strengthen his favorite cocktail, the Americano, by adding gin rather than the normal soda water. The bartender also added an orange garnish rather than the typical lemon garnish of the Americano to signify that it was a different drink.

A lighter version of the cocktail that is more refreshing is the Negroni Spritz, which features sparkling soda water.

An Aperol Negroni is a play on the classic Italian drink recipe that substitutes Campari for Aperol, giving the cocktail a sweeter flavour and bright orange colour.

What is Aperol?

Aperol is an Italian bitter apéritif made of gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona, among other ingredients. It has a vibrant orange hue. Its name comes from the French slang word for aperitif, which is apero.

Aperol was originally produced by the Barbieri company, based in Padua, but is now produced by the Campari Group. While Aperol was originally created in 1919, by Luigi and Silvio Barbieri, it did not become successful until after World War II. Although it tastes and smells much like Campari, Aperol has an alcohol content of 11%, less than half that of Campari. Aperol and Campari have the same sugar content, and Aperol is less bitter in taste. Campari is also much darker in color.

The Spritz, also known as Aperol Spritz, is the most famous Aperol-based cocktail. Other popular variants include an Aperol Gin Cocktail and this Negroni with Aperol recipe.

Homemade Aperol Negroni Cocktail recipe ingredients.
Homemade Aperol Negroni Cocktail recipe ingredients.

Travel To Italy For An Aperol Negroni

There’s no better way to familiarize yourself with an authentic Aperol Negroni cocktail recipe then by planning a vacation to visit Italy.

Today, Italy’s most popular aperitif is enjoyed in drinks across the country and throughout Europe and North America.

If you’ve traveled to Italy before you’ll probably have developed a fondness for aperitivo hour. Aperitivo comes from the Latin word aperire, meaning “to open.” Historically, an aperitivo was an alcoholic beverage consumed before dinner to whet your appetite. Today, it’s a daily ritual that embodies la dolce vita.

True to form, this daily routine exudes Italy’s quintessential style of slowing down, socializing, drinking, and, of course, eating. In Italy aperitivo hour starts every night from around 6-9 PM at local cafes, bars, hotels, and restaurants. Italians and tourists alike take part in drinks and snacks while they unwind and catch up with friends before their evening meal filled with polenta, pasta, short rib ragu, pici, gnocchi, pizza and gelato.

Classic Italian aperitifs like vermouth, Campari, and Aperol are served at aperitivo hour with a complimentary selection of snacks like olives, crackers, cured meat and cheese.

We suggest ordering an authentic Negroni with Aperol after sailing through the canals in Venice, luxury car hopping in Modena, tanning on the beach in Amalfi, visiting the Pantheon in Rome, exploring Italian Renaissance treasures in The Vatican, Armani and contemporary art shopping in Milan, touring the tower in Pisa, and enjoying a Honeymoon in Tuscany with stops in Siena, Sorano, Pitigliano, Saturnia, and Volterra.

This Italian cocktail recipe is prepared with Aperol, Sweet Vermouth, Gin and orange slice.
This Italian cocktail recipe is prepared with Aperol, Sweet Vermouth, Gin and orange slice.

Negroni with Aperol Cocktail Ingredients

Our Aperol Negroni Cocktail is made with premium ingredients.

  • Aperol: bright orange-coloured herb infused aperitif from Italy that is the key ingredient in a Spritz. This twist on the Negroni cocktail substitutes the more bitter Campari with sweet Aperol.
  • Gin: we suggest using Bombay Sapphire, The Botanist or Aviation Gin.
  • Red Vermouth: red vermouth adds a sweet herbaceousness to the Italian cocktail.
  • Orange: you can garnish the cocktail with an orange twist but we prefer to use a fresh orange slice that we squeeze into the glass and muddle before serving.

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Negroni with Aperol Cocktaph Photo Image.
Negroni with Aperol Cocktaph Photo Image.

Aperol Negroni Cocktail Recipe Tips

This Aperol Negroni recipe is easy to make at home, ready to serve in under 5 minutes.

We love serving this Negroni with Aperol mixed drink on hot summer days and at special celebrations like New Years Eve, Christmas parties, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day brunch, Easter and a romantic wedding reception.

If you find the cocktail to be too bitter feel free to add more orange. You can also lighten up the drink if it’s too boozy by adding a splash of soda or tonic water.

You can elevate the recipe by adding a splash of sparkling wine like prosecco, which will give the drink an additional fizzy mouthfeel.

Our refreshing Aperol Negroni recipe is listed for one person. If you’re hosting a large gathering feel free to multiply the ingredients by the number of guests and muddle the drink in a punch bowl or jug rather than a cocktail shaker.

Serve the drink in rocks glass garnished with a juicy orange slice or wedge.

This refreshing Aperol Negroni is the perfect Italian drink to serve at aperitivo hour.
This refreshing Aperol Negroni is the perfect Italian drink to serve at aperitivo hour.

Best Selling Gin

Gin has certainly enjoyed a boom in popularity at cocktail bars in recent years. You’ll find fantastic premium gins distilled from Scotland to Muskoka. Here are some of the world’s best selling gins and some of our local small batch favourites:

  • Gordon’s Gin: The world’s top selling gin brand is owned by Diageo. The brand’s pink iteration has undoubtedly helped to fuel its success. Gordon’s has also unveiled a line of new innovative products including two “ultra-low-alcohol” pre-mixed gin and tonic sparkling beverages and Gordon’s Gin-infused popsicles.
  • Bombay Sapphire Gin: Bacardi-owned Bombay Sapphire is one of the worlds best-selling gins. Bombay Sapphire kicked off a new limited edition range with the launch of a gin inspired by summer in the English countryside.
  • Tanqueray: Diageo-owned Tanqueray launched a new marketing campaign developed to shift consumers’ attention from “gimmicks” to flavour and unveiled a range of bottled ready-to-drink gin and tonics, made with its London Dry Gin and Flor de Sevilla Distilled Gin.
  • Beefeater Gin: Pernod Ricard’s flagship gin brand is Beefeater. The brand launched strawberry-flavoured Beefeater Pink in 2018 and further expanded its portfolio with the debut of a new blood orange-flavoured gin.
  • Seagram’s: Pernod Ricard-owned Seagram’s is a top seller having recently purchased Italian brand Malfy Gin.
  • Hendrick’s Gin: Opened the door to its £13 million Gin Palace in 2018, allowing the brand to double its capacity to two million cases annually. The Scottish brand has also added to its portfolio with the launch of the limited edition summer solstice-inspired Midsummer Solstice gin.
  • Edinburgh Gin: This craft distillery in Edinburgh produces a parade of flavoured gin bottles including rhubarb & ginger gin, raspberry gin, bramble & honey gin, black currant & anise, strawberry & pink peppercorn and pomegranate & rose.
  • Dillon’s Distillery: This Beamsville producer makes small batch gins including rose gin, cherry gin and strawberry gin.
  • Muskoka Brewery: This Ontario craft brewery produces a London Dry and spicy pink peppercorn gin.
We love serving this Aperol cocktail at an Italian themed dinner party.
We love serving this Aperol cocktail at an Italian themed dinner party.

Best Bartender Tools & Cocktail Equipment

Before hosting a swanky Negroni with Aperol soiree you’ll need to ensure you have the best bartender tools and cocktail equipment.

  • Cocktail Kit: cocktail kits are the perfect gift for newbie mixology fans as they include basic bartender tools like a jigger, shaker and spoon.
  • Cocktail Shaker: a bartender’s best friend. Purchase a premium cocktail shaker to muddle or shake up your favourite pink gin cocktails.
  • Cocktail Glassware: make sure your bar is stocked with a selection of unique glassware to show off your favourite cocktail creations.
  • Hawthorne Strainer: this unique strainer features tightly wound coils and perforated holes. It keeps ice and other large ingredients like lime wedges in your cocktail shaker rather than in the glass.
  • Bar Spoons: slender and long bar spoons are a must-have when stirring drinks.
  • Bottle Opener: easily open bottles of beer or cider with the flick of your wrist or purchase a corkscrew for fine wine.
  • Pouring Spout: once you’ve opened a new bottle of gin insert these affordable pourers to make cocktail assembly a breeze.
  • Cutting Board: purchase a petite cutting board for your bar to slice garnishes or citrus wedges like lime, orange, lemon or grapefruit.
  • Ice Bucket: chill bottles of gin quickly in an ice bucket or keep by the bar when muddling gin mixers into cool creations.
  • Ice Crusher: fans of the Mint Julep love an ice crusher.
  • Ice Cube Kit: we suggest purchasing a selection of ice cube trays. Silicone styles are our favourite as they’re easy to clean and are available in various shapes and sizes.
  • Jigger: use a jigger to accurately measure spirits, juices, syrups and shrubs.
  • Juicer: invest in an electronic juicer or buy an affordable hand-held to easily juice fresh citrus like lemons and limes.
  • Muddler: fans of the Mojito love a sturdy muddler to mix mint and lime. Muddler’s are handy for any cocktail featuring ingredients that need a pounding like fresh herbs or citrus wedges.
  • Citrus Peeler & Zester: adorn your craft cocktails with a thick citrus peel or finer ribbons of lime or lemon zest.
  • Rimmer: Bloody Mary and Caesar lovers should outfit their bar with a handy rimmer for salting and sugaring glassware.
Aperol Negroni is a sweeter version of the traditional Campari drink.
Aperol Negroni is a sweeter version of the traditional Campari drink.

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How To Make An Aperol Negroni Cocktail

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Aperol Negroni Cocktail

How to make the best Aperol Negroni Cocktail. Sip a refreshing Italian aperitif drink muddled with gin, sweet vermouth and fresh orange.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Aperol Negroni
Servings: 1
Calories: 266kcal


  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Shot Glass
  • Rocks glass


  • 2 oz Aperol
  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • Slice Orange


  • In an ice-filled cocktail shaker add Aperol, gin and vermouth. Stir until chilled.
  • Strain through cocktail shaker into rocks glass with ice cubes.
  • Garnish with a fresh orange slice.


Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.9g | Sodium: 1mg

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