Negroski Vodka Negroni Cocktail Drink Recipe

Learn how to make the best “Negroski” Vodka Negroni cocktail recipe.

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

This variation on the classic Negroni replaces gin with vodka. The clean flavour of vodka gives focus to the herbaceous bittern flavours of Campari.

Our Vodka Negroni recipe features Campari, premium vodka, sweet red vermouth, and a fresh orange slice.

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What Is A “Negroski” Vodka 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 Negroski is a refreshing play on the classic Negroni, which substitutes gin for vodka. It’s the perfect drink for those looking to order a boozy cocktail at aperitivo hour.

Homemade Vodka Negroni Cocktail recipe ingredients.
Homemade Vodka Negroni Cocktail recipe ingredients.
A Negroski is a Negroni cocktail where gin is substituted with vodka.
A Negroski is a Negroni cocktail where gin is substituted with vodka.

Best Selling Vodka

In the 90’s vodka was all the rage, as martini bars sprung up in cocktail-loving North American cities like Toronto and New York.

Vodka is a clear distilled alcoholic beverage. Different varieties originated in Poland, Russia, and Sweden. Vodka is composed mainly of water and ethanol but sometimes with traces of impurities and flavourings. Traditionally, it is made by distilling liquid from fermented cereal grains.

Here are some of the world’s best selling vodka brands and our local small batch favourites:

  • Grey Goose: the world’s top selling premium vodka has been produced in France since the 1990s.
  • Belvedere: is a close second for world’s favourite premium vodka brand. The Polish rye vodka is named after Belweder, the Polish presidential palace in Warsaw.
  • Stolichnaya: also known as Stoli, is produced in Riga, Latvia. The brand produces a wide variety of flavoured vodkas, perfect for seasonal cocktail parties.
  • Titos: began as a small-batch vodka brand distilled in Texas. Today, it’s recognized as the best selling vodka in America. Titos is made from corn, making it a gluten-free friendly spirit.
  • Ketel One: is a Dutch premium vodka brand with a flavour palette offering hints of honey and citrus.
  • Absolut: is an iconic Swedish distiller and was the top selling vodka brand globally for decades. The brand offers a colourful collection of flavoured vodka bottles.
  • Smirnoff: this Russian brand was founded in Moscow and today sells 39 different vodka flavours.
  • Iceberg Vodka: the top selling vodka in Canada is made from icebergs off the coast of Newfoundland.
  • Dillon’s Distillery: This BeamsvilleOntario producer makes 2 small batch vodkas near Niagara.
Garnish a Vodka Negroni Cocktail with an orange slice.
Garnish a Vodka Negroni Cocktail with an orange slice.

Vodka Negroni Cocktail Ingredients

Our simple Vodka Negroni recipe is made with just 4 ingredients.

  • Campari: red-coloured herb infused aperitif from Italy that is the key ingredient in a Negroni.
  • Vodka: we suggest using Smirnoff, Absolut or Grey Goose.
  • Martini Rosso: sweet red vermouth adds a sweetness to the celebratory cocktail.
  • Orange Slice: you can garnish the cocktail with an orange twist but we prefer to use a fresh orange slice. Squeeze it into the glass and muddle before serving.

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Serve this easy Vodka Negroni in a rocks glass.
Serve this easy Vodka Negroni in a rocks glass.

Negroski Cocktail Recipe Tips

This simple vodka cocktail recipe is easy to make at home, ready to serve in under 5 minutes!

We love serving Vodka Negroni’s at Italian themed dinner parties all year round. They are popularly served in our family at summer barbecues, cottage happy hours and as an after dinner aperitif during the holidays.

Our Negroski recipe serves 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.

Depending on your preference, you can stir or shake the Vodka Negroni ingredients. Just ensure the liquid is ice cold, and that you strain the ice when pouring into cocktail glasses.

If you find the drink is too strong, feel free to add a splash of soda to make it more refreshing.

A classic Negroski is a cocktail featuring sweet red vermouth, campari and vodka.
A classic Negroski is a cocktail featuring sweet red vermouth, campari and vodka.

Best Bartender Tools & Cocktail Equipment

Before hosting a swanky Vodka Negroni 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.
Vodka Negroni Cocktail Photo Image.
Vodka Negroni Cocktail Photo Image.

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How To Make A Negroski Vodka Negroni Cocktail Recipe

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Negroski Vodka Negroni Cocktail

How to make a Vodka Negroni. The Negroski substitutes gin for vodka in the classic aperitif cocktail also featuring campari & red vermouth.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Vodka Negroni
Servings: 1
Calories: 186kcal


  • Shot Glass
  • Rocks glass
  • Cocktail Shaker


  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz Sweet Red Vermouth
  • Orange Slice garnish


  • Stir all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a chilled rocks glass.
  • Garnish with a slice of orange.


Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Sodium: 2mg

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