Enzoni Cocktail Drink

Enzoni

A call to all Negroni lovers in search for their perfect summer drink: the Enzoni cocktail is what you’ve been looking for! This drink perfectly balances the bitterness of a classic Negroni with the freshness of lemon & grape.

Enzoni Cocktail Recipe

Fall in love with this straightforward Enzoni cocktail recipe! It combines Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, fresh grapes, and Campari to create the perfect summer version of a Negroni.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

187 kl

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Campari
  • ¾ oz fresh lemon juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 5 White grapes, seedless
  • 1 White grape and/or orange slice, optional, for garnish

Equipment

  • Shaker
  • Muddler
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Old Fashioned Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Muddle Grapes: In your shaker, muddle 5 White grapes.
  • Add Ingredients: Pour in ¾ oz fresh lemon juice and ½ oz simple syrup.
  • Add Spirits: Add 1 oz Gin and 1 oz Campari into the shaker.
  • Shake: Fill your shaker with ice, close it, and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds approx.).
  • Strain: Fill an old fashioned glass with ice cubes. Using both the cocktail strainer and the fine strainer, strain and pour the cocktail into the glass.
  • Garnish: Use a grape and/or orange slice on a skewer to garnish. Serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If you need more Gin, vodka can be a decent substitute, although it will lack the botanical flavor profile of Gin. For a more complex flavor, try using a light rum.
  • Lemon Juice: If fresh lemons aren't available, bottled lemon juice can work in a pinch, but the freshness of the cocktail may be slightly compromised. Lime juice can be used as a substitute as well.
  • Simple Syrup: You can make your syrup at home by combining equal parts sugar and water and heating until the sugar dissolves. Alternatively, agave nectar or honey can be used as natural sweeteners.
  • Campari: If you find Campari too bitter, Aperol is a lighter alternative that still brings an orange essence to the drink. There are plenty of other italian-style bitters you can experiment with (Select Aperitivo, Strucchi bitter, Martini bitter, etc.)

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher serving 8, multiply all ingredients by 8. That's 8 oz of Gin, 8 oz of Campari, 6 oz of lemon juice, 4 oz of simple syrup, and 40 white grapes.
  • Mix: In a large bowl, muddle the grapes first, then add the simple syrup, lemon juice, Gin, and Campari. Stir well. For better results, cover the bowl and let it rest in the fridge for 30 min. (optional)
  • Strain: Strain the drink into a large pitcher (this will prevent any grape pieces or skins going into the final drinks).
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled Old Fashioned glasses, garnish with a grape and/or orange slice on a skewer, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute; these are available and reasonably mimic Gin's botanicals.
  • Campari Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic aperitif or for bitter soft drinks such as Crodino (prefer the red one) or San Bitter. To give it an additional twist, you can also make a simple syrup infused with orange and grapefruit peels; this will add an extra touch of both fruitiness and bitterness to your drink.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Simple Syrup: Ensure your syrup is made with white sugar, as some brown sugars are processed using bone char, which is not vegan-friendly. Alternatively, use agave nectar as a sweetener. The other ingredients are all vegan-friendly.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
187
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
9
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
20
g
7
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
12
g
13
%
Potassium
 
41
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Vitamin A
 
5
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
8
mg
10
%
Calcium
 
4
mg
0
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Enzoni Cocktail Drink

Enzoni Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Fall in love with this straightforward Enzoni cocktail recipe! It combines Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, fresh grapes, and Campari to create the perfect summer version of a Negroni.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 187

Ingredients
 

  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Campari
  • ¾ oz fresh lemon juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 5 White grapes - seedless
  • 1 White grape and/or orange slice - optional, for garnish

Equipment

  • Shaker
  • Muddler
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Old Fashioned Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Muddle Grapes: In your shaker, muddle 5 White grapes.
  • Add Ingredients: Pour in ¾ oz fresh lemon juice and ½ oz simple syrup.
  • Add Spirits: Add 1 oz Gin and 1 oz Campari into the shaker.
  • Shake: Fill your shaker with ice, close it, and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds approx.).
  • Strain: Fill an old fashioned glass with ice cubes. Using both the cocktail strainer and the fine strainer, strain and pour the cocktail into the glass.
  • Garnish: Use a grape and/or orange slice on a skewer to garnish. Serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If you need more Gin, vodka can be a decent substitute, although it will lack the botanical flavor profile of Gin. For a more complex flavor, try using a light rum.
  • Lemon Juice: If fresh lemons aren't available, bottled lemon juice can work in a pinch, but the freshness of the cocktail may be slightly compromised. Lime juice can be used as a substitute as well.
  • Simple Syrup: You can make your syrup at home by combining equal parts sugar and water and heating until the sugar dissolves. Alternatively, agave nectar or honey can be used as natural sweeteners.
  • Campari: If you find Campari too bitter, Aperol is a lighter alternative that still brings an orange essence to the drink. There are plenty of other italian-style bitters you can experiment with (Select Aperitivo, Strucchi bitter, Martini bitter, etc.)

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher serving 8, multiply all ingredients by 8. That's 8 oz of Gin, 8 oz of Campari, 6 oz of lemon juice, 4 oz of simple syrup, and 40 white grapes.
  • Mix: In a large bowl, muddle the grapes first, then add the simple syrup, lemon juice, Gin, and Campari. Stir well. For better results, cover the bowl and let it rest in the fridge for 30 min. (optional)
  • Strain: Strain the drink into a large pitcher (this will prevent any grape pieces or skins going into the final drinks).
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled Old Fashioned glasses, garnish with a grape and/or orange slice on a skewer, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute; these are available and reasonably mimic Gin's botanicals.
  • Campari Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic aperitif or for bitter soft drinks such as Crodino (prefer the red one) or San Bitter. To give it an additional twist, you can also make a simple syrup infused with orange and grapefruit peels; this will add an extra touch of both fruitiness and bitterness to your drink.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Simple Syrup: Ensure your syrup is made with white sugar, as some brown sugars are processed using bone char, which is not vegan-friendly. Alternatively, use agave nectar as a sweetener. The other ingredients are all vegan-friendly.

What is an Enzoni Cocktail?

An Enzoni Cocktail is a gin-based mixed drink made of Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, fresh white grapes, and Campari. The Enzoni is a variant of the classic Negroni cocktail (some would say a sort of delicious crossover between a Negroni and a Gin Sour), replacing vermouth with fresh grapes and adding acidity to the overall balance of the drink thanks to the use of fresh lemon juice.

A side shot of an Enzoni cocktail in an old fashioned glass on a white coaster placed on a light blue table surrounded by a plate with grapes, a shaker and a white cloth

What is an Enzoni Cocktail made of – The ingredients

To craft your own Enzoni Cocktail, assemble these ingredients:

  • Gin: The base spirit of the Enzoni cocktail, Gin provides a robust and botanical flavor that serves as the backbone of the drink.
  • Lemon Juice: Adds a tangy citrus note to balance out the sweetness of other ingredients and enhance the overall flavor profile.
  • Simple Syrup: This sweetener helps to mellow out the tartness of the lemon juice and brings a smooth, texture to the cocktail.
  • White Grapes: Muddled into the drink, white grapes give a fruity, slightly tart flavor that complements the Gin and adds complexity.
  • Campari: An Italian bitter liqueur, Campari introduces a bitter yet sweet edge to the drink, rounding out the cocktail’s taste.

Gin, Campari, lemon juice, and simple syrup laid out on a white bar table

How do you make an Enzoni Cocktail?

Our straightforward guide will teach you how to prepare an Enzoni Cocktail:

1
<p>Stir some ice cubes in your old fashioned glass to chill it.</p>

Stir some ice cubes in your old fashioned glass to chill it.

2
<p>Put the white grapes into the shaker.</p>

Put the white grapes into the shaker.

3
<p>Using a muddler, press them well in order to extract the maximum flavor from both the pulp and the skins.</p>

Using a muddler, press them well in order to extract the maximum flavor from both the pulp and the skins.

4
<p>Measure out 0.5 ounces of simple syrup and add it to the shaker. The simple syrup will sweeten your cocktail and balance out the tartness of the lemon juice.</p>

Measure out 0.5 ounces of simple syrup and add it to the shaker. The simple syrup will sweeten your cocktail and balance out the tartness of the lemon juice.

5
<p>Add 0.75 ounces of fresh lemon juice to the shaker. The lemon juice will add a tangy, refreshing taste to your cocktail.</p>

Add 0.75 ounces of fresh lemon juice to the shaker. The lemon juice will add a tangy, refreshing taste to your cocktail.

6
<p>Pour 0.5 ounces of Campari into the shaker. The Campari will give your cocktail a bitter edge as well as a vibrant red color.</p>

Pour 0.5 ounces of Campari into the shaker. The Campari will give your cocktail a bitter edge as well as a vibrant red color.

7
<p>Pour 1.5 ounces of Gin into the shaker. The Gin will provide the base spirit for your cocktail.</p>

Pour 1.5 ounces of Gin into the shaker. The Gin will provide the base spirit for your cocktail.

8
<p>Fill the shaker with ice cubes.</p>

Fill the shaker with ice cubes.

9
<p>Secure the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds. This will combine all the ingredients, chill the cocktail, and add dilution as well.</p>

Secure the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds. This will combine all the ingredients, chill the cocktail, and add dilution as well.

10
<p>Using both the cocktail strainer and the fine strainer, strain the cocktail into an old fashioned glass filled with ice. This will remove the grapes and any ice shards, leaving you with a smooth cocktail.</p>

Using both the cocktail strainer and the fine strainer, strain the cocktail into an old fashioned glass filled with ice. This will remove the grapes and any ice shards, leaving you with a smooth cocktail.

11
<p>Garnish the cocktail with a grape and/or orange slice on a skewer.</p>

Garnish the cocktail with a grape and/or orange slice on a skewer.

Enzoni Cocktail Variations

Are you keen on checking out more options? Here’s a list of our favorite picks:

  • Fall Enzoni: This blends rye whiskey with red grapes, lemon juice, and simple syrup, introducing a spicy kick that perfectly matches the sweet and sour notes. I enjoy how the warmth of the rye whiskey makes it especially comforting on a cool evening.
  • Enzoni Spritz: This introduces chilled prosecco or sparkling wine, adding a delightful fizz that enhances its refreshing qualities. I appreciate how the bubbles make every sip lively and celebratory.
  • Enzoni Smash: This mixes muddled fresh berries and mint with the original ingredients, injecting a vibrant burst of fruity and herbal freshness. The added layers of flavor make it incredibly refreshing and visually stunning.

An Enzoni cocktail, shot form above, in an old fashioned glass on a beige surface surrounded by sugar cubes, simple syrup, Gin and Campari

History and Origin

The Enzoni cocktail is a twist on the well-known Negroni cocktail. As it is a fairly recent cocktail, it is what we call a “modern classic” (as opposed to the “classic-classics” such as the Manhattan or the Dry Martini, which were created more or less a century ago). It was first created in 2001 by Vincenzo Errico, a renowned bartender working at Match, in London. His idea behind the drink was to introduce Campari to the British public, who at the time considered it quite a weird ingredient, and to introduce the Italian aperitivo classics to the general public.

While the Enzoni was almost instantly recognized as a great drink and enjoyed among London’s mixologist & cocktail bartender circles, it would take almost two decades to truly catch on. Its success and popularity nowadays is in large part due to the rise, in the 2010s, of aperitivo culture, thanks in part to bars like Dante in New York and Bar Termini in London (and to the Aperol Spritz!).

The name ‘Enzoni’ is a tribute to its creator, Vincenzo Errico. It’s a simple and playful combination of his first name and the Negroni cocktail that inspired him.

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FAQ

How many calories does an Enzoni cocktail contain?
An average Enzoni cocktail contains approximately 200 calories. However, this can vary slightly depending on the specific ingredient brands.
How strong is the Enzoni cocktail?
The strength of an Enzoni cocktail typically falls around 16-18% ABV (Alcohol by Volume), which translates to 32-36 proof. This makes it a moderately strong cocktail, less potent than a classic Negroni.
What type of alcohol is used in an Enzoni cocktail?
The primary alcohol used in an Enzoni cocktail is Gin and Campari. The choice of Gin can significantly influence the overall flavor profile of the drink.
In what kind of glass is an Enzoni cocktail served?
An Enzoni cocktail is traditionally served in a rocks glass, also known as an old-fashioned or lowball glass.
What does an Enzoni cocktail taste like?
An Enzoni cocktail offers a unique blend of flavors. Think of it as a crossover between a Gin Sour and a Negroni: while it keeps the distinct bitterness and herbal notes of a Negroni, the fresh grapes and lemon juice bring freshness to the blend and create a crisp, bittersweet drink. I like to call it the “summer Negroni”!
What is the ratio of ingredients in an Enzoni cocktail?
The typical ratio for an Enzoni cocktail is 1 part gin, 1 part Campari, ¾ part fresh lemon juice, and 1/2 part simple syrup.
How is an Enzoni cocktail served with ice?
An Enzoni cocktail is usually served over ice. After mixing all the ingredients, strain it over fresh ice in your serving glass.
Is there any particular time or occasion when serving an Enzoni cocktail is best?
While there are no hard and fast rules about when to serve an Enzoni cocktail, it's often enjoyed as an aperitif due to its refreshing and slightly bitter taste. It can also be an excellent choice for summer gatherings or cocktail parties.
What is the origin of the Enzoni cocktail?
The Enzoni cocktail was created by Vincenzo Errico at Milk & Honey in New York City in 2002. It's a twist on the classic Negroni, adding muddled white grapes and lemon juice for a unique flavor profile.

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