Mezcal Negroni Cocktail Drink

Mezcal Negroni

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Want a cocktail that stands out? This Mezcal Negroni recipe is your answer! It’s simple to whip up and brimming with intriguing flavors.

Mezcal Negroni Recipe

This easy Mezcal Negroni recipe perfectly matches a crisp fall evening! With Mezcal, Campari, and sweet vermouth, it's a smoky cocktail you'll love.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

188 kl

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Mezcal
  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz sweet Vermouth
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange slice or twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Old Fashioned Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon
  • Mixing Glass

Instructions

  • Chill your old-fashioned glass with some ice cubes.
  • Add 1 oz sweet Vermouth in a mixing glass.
  • Measure and pour 1 oz Campari.
  • Add 1 oz Mezcal to the mixture.
  • Fill your mixing glass with ice cubes.
  • Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently for about 30 seconds.
  • Strain your cocktail in your old-fashioned glass over fresh ice.
  • Place an orange slice or twist into the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Mezcal: If you don't have Mezcal, you can use tequila as a substitute. It won't have the same smoky flavor, but it will still work well in this cocktail.
  • Campari: If you prefer something other than Campari's bitterness, Aperol is a good alternative. It's lighter and has a more citrusy flavor.
  • Sweet Vermouth: Dry vermouth can be used instead of sweet vermouth if needed. Just add a small splash of simple syrup to balance out the bitterness.

Making a Pitcher of Mezcal Negroni:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 8 oz of Mezcal, 8 oz of Campari, and 8 oz of sweet vermouth.
  • Mix: Combine the Mezcal, Campari, and sweet vermouth in a large pitcher and stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled Old Fashioned glasses, garnish with an orange slice or twist, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Mezcal Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic mezcal substitute. These are available and do an excellent job of mimicking the smoky flavor of Mezcal.
  • Campari Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic aperitif or make a simple syrup infused with orange peel and some bittering agent like gentian or cinchona bark.
  • Vermouth: infuse some grape juice with cinnamon, cardamom, chamomile and coriander..
  • 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:

  • Check Your Brands: Some spirit and liqueur brands may use animal products in their production process. Always check with the brand to ensure the product is vegan-friendly.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
188
% Daily Value*
Sodium
 
3
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
12
g
4
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Potassium
 
28
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Calcium
 
2
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Mezcal Negroni Cocktail Drink

Mezcal Negroni Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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This easy Mezcal Negroni recipe perfectly matches a crisp fall evening! With Mezcal, Campari, and sweet vermouth, it's a smoky cocktail you'll love.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 188

Ingredients
 

  • 1 oz Mezcal
  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz sweet Vermouth
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange slice or twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Old Fashioned Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon
  • Mixing Glass

Instructions

  • Chill your old-fashioned glass with some ice cubes.
  • Add 1 oz sweet Vermouth in a mixing glass.
  • Measure and pour 1 oz Campari.
  • Add 1 oz Mezcal to the mixture.
  • Fill your mixing glass with ice cubes.
  • Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently for about 30 seconds.
  • Strain your cocktail in your old-fashioned glass over fresh ice.
  • Place an orange slice or twist into the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Mezcal: If you don't have Mezcal, you can use tequila as a substitute. It won't have the same smoky flavor, but it will still work well in this cocktail.
  • Campari: If you prefer something other than Campari's bitterness, Aperol is a good alternative. It's lighter and has a more citrusy flavor.
  • Sweet Vermouth: Dry vermouth can be used instead of sweet vermouth if needed. Just add a small splash of simple syrup to balance out the bitterness.

Making a Pitcher of Mezcal Negroni:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 8 oz of Mezcal, 8 oz of Campari, and 8 oz of sweet vermouth.
  • Mix: Combine the Mezcal, Campari, and sweet vermouth in a large pitcher and stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled Old Fashioned glasses, garnish with an orange slice or twist, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Mezcal Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic mezcal substitute. These are available and do an excellent job of mimicking the smoky flavor of Mezcal.
  • Campari Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic aperitif or make a simple syrup infused with orange peel and some bittering agent like gentian or cinchona bark.
  • Vermouth: infuse some grape juice with cinnamon, cardamom, chamomile and coriander..
  • 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:

  • Check Your Brands: Some spirit and liqueur brands may use animal products in their production process. Always check with the brand to ensure the product is vegan-friendly.

What is a Mezcal Negroni?

A Mezcal Negroni is a smoky, bitter cocktail made of Mezcal, Campari, and sweet vermouth. This drink is relatively easy to make as it requires only three ingredients mixed in equal parts; however, the complexity lies in balancing the unique flavors. The Mezcal Negroni is a variant of the classic Negroni cocktail, which traditionally uses gin instead of Mezcal. The substitution of Mezcal gives this cocktail its distinctive smoky flavor that sets it apart from its traditional counterpart.

A side shot of a Mezcal Negroni cocktail in an old fashioned glass on a wooden coaster placed on a wooden tray surrounded by a white cloth a jigger and a plate with orange wedges

What is a Mezcal Negroni made of – The ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to mix up a Mezcal Negroni:

  • Mezcal: This is the base spirit of the cocktail. It provides a smoky flavor that distinguishes Mezcal Negroni from other Negroni variations.
  • Sweet Vermouth: This ingredient balances the cocktail with its sweet and herbal notes. It adds complexity to the drink.
  • Campari: A bitter liqueur that gives the Mezcal Negroni its signature bitter edge. It also contributes to the cocktail’s vibrant red color.
  • Orange Peel: Used as a garnish, it adds a fresh citrus aroma and subtly enhances the overall flavor profile of the drink.

Mezcal, Campari, and sweet Vermouth laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Mezcal Negroni?

With our easy-to-understand guide, you can make a Mezcal Negroni on your own:

1
<p>Start by chilling your old fashioned glass with some ice. This will ensure that your Mezcal Negroni is served at the perfect temperature.</p>

Start by chilling your old fashioned glass with some ice. This will ensure that your Mezcal Negroni is served at the perfect temperature.

2
<p>Add one ounce of sweet Vermouth to a mixing glass. This will balance out the smoky Mezcal and bitter Campari.</p>

Add one ounce of sweet Vermouth to a mixing glass. This will balance out the smoky Mezcal and bitter Campari.

3
<p>Add one ounce of Campari. This gives the cocktail its signature bitter taste.</p>

Add one ounce of Campari. This gives the cocktail its signature bitter taste.

4
<p>Pour one ounce of Mezcal into the mixing glass. Mezcal's smoky flavor sets this cocktail apart from a traditional Negroni.</p>

Pour one ounce of Mezcal into the mixing glass. Mezcal's smoky flavor sets this cocktail apart from a traditional Negroni.

5
<p>Fill the mixing glass with ice cubes.</p>

Fill the mixing glass with ice cubes.

6
<p>Stir the ingredients together in the glass. This will combine the flavors and chill the cocktail.</p>

Stir the ingredients together in the glass. This will combine the flavors and chill the cocktail.

7
<p>Strain the cocktail into the old fashioned glass filled with fresh ice.</p>

Strain the cocktail into the old fashioned glass filled with fresh ice.

8
<p>Garnish the cocktail with an orange slice or an orange peel. If you choose the orange peel, twist it over the glass to release its oils, then drop it into the cocktail. This will add a hint of citrus to the smoky and bitter flavors of the cocktail.</p>

Garnish the cocktail with an orange slice or an orange peel. If you choose the orange peel, twist it over the glass to release its oils, then drop it into the cocktail. This will add a hint of citrus to the smoky and bitter flavors of the cocktail.

Variations

Curious to try other versions? We have some excellent favorites to consider:

  • Tequila Negroni: This combines the smoky undertones of mezcal with the smooth, oak-infused flavors of reposado tequila, creating a sophisticated blend that suits any celebration. Moreover, the dual presence of mezcal and tequila introduces an intriguing complexity that keeps you coming back for more. I especially appreciate how the oak from the tequila complements the smoky mezcal; it’s a match that enhances the overall sipping experience.
  • Mezcal Negroni Sour: This merges the traditional bitterness with a citrusy sweetness, adding a playful twist with orange and lemon juices. Furthermore, the addition of egg white gives it a silky, frothy texture that makes each sip more enjoyable. I love the refreshing citrus notes in this one; they make it an excellent choice for a summer evening.
  • White Mezcal Negroni: This brings in Lillet Blanc and Suze, substituting them for the usual vermouth and Campari. The result is a lighter, floral and citrusy profile, making it markedly different and suitable for those who prefer a less bitter taste. The inclusion of Lillet Blanc introduces a sweet, aromatic quality that pleasantly contrasts with Suze’s subtle bitterness.
  • Mezcal Cynar Negroni: This swaps Campari for Cynar, introducing an earthy depth with hints of artichoke. The unique herbal quality of Cynar paired with mezcal’s smokiness provides a robust flavor profile that stands out in any gathering. I’m drawn to the deep, herbal complexity of Cynar; it adds a whole new dimension to the familiar base of mezcal and vermouth.

A Mezcal Negroni cocktail, shot from above, in an old fashioned glass on a beige surface surrounded by Mezcal, Campari, and sweet Vermouth

History and Origin of the Mezcal Negroni

The Mezcal Negroni cocktail, a smoky and complex twist on the classic Negroni, has an intriguing history. The original Negroni traces its roots back to Italy in the early 20th century. It was born out of Count Camillo Negroni’s desire for a more robust version of his favorite Americano cocktail. Bartender Fosco Scarselli replaced the soda water with gin and added an orange garnish instead of lemon, and thus, the Negroni was born.

Fast forward to the 21st century, mixologists began experimenting with this classic cocktail. They started swapping out traditional ingredients for more exotic ones to create new flavor profiles. This is where Mezcal enters the picture.

 

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Mezcal Negroni?
A standard serving of Mezcal Negroni contains approximately 200 calories. However, this can vary slightly depending on the specific brands of alcohol used.
How strong is a Mezcal Negroni?
The strength of a Mezcal Negroni is typically around 24% ABV (Alcohol By Volume), which translates to 48 proof. This makes it a moderately strong cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Mezcal Negroni?
As the name suggests, a Mezcal Negroni uses Mezcal, a distilled alcoholic beverage made in Mexico from the agave plant. Additionally, it includes Campari and sweet vermouth.
In what kind of glass is a Mezcal Negroni served?
Traditionally, a Mezcal Negroni is served in an old-fashioned or rock glass.
What does a Mezcal Negroni taste like?
A Mezcal Negroni offers a smoky, complex flavor profile due to the Mezcal, bitter from the Campari, and sweet from the vermouth. The combination creates a balanced and intriguing cocktail.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Mezcal Negroni?
The classic ratio for a Mezcal Negroni is 1:1:1, meaning equal parts (usually one ounce each) of Mezcal, Campari, and sweet vermouth.
How is a Mezcal Negroni served with ice?
A Mezcal Negroni is typically stirred with ice to chill and dilute it slightly, then strained over fresh ice in an old-fashioned glass.
Is there any difference between Mezcal and tequila?
Yes, there is a difference. While both are made from agave, tequila can only be made from blue agave, primarily in Jalisco, Mexico. On the other hand, Mezcal can be made from more than 30 types of agave and is mainly produced in Oaxaca.
Can I make a Mezcal Negroni at home?
Absolutely! Making a Mezcal Negroni at home is simple as long as you have the ingredients. Just remember the 1:1:1 ratio of Mezcal, Campari, and sweet vermouth.
Is Mezcal Negroni a good cocktail for beginners?
While the smoky flavor of Mezcal and the bitterness of Campari might not appeal to everyone's palate initially, the Mezcal Negroni can be an excellent introduction to these flavors due to its balanced nature. It's worth trying if you're exploring different cocktails.

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