Rum Negroni Cocktail Drink

Rum Negroni

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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In the mood for a spirited cocktail? This Rum Negroni recipe has got you covered! It’s a flavorful drink, loaded with attractive ingredients, and it’s super easy to put together.

Rum Negroni Recipe

Enjoy a Rum Negroni with this easy recipe! The mix of rum, Campari, sweet vermouth, and a finishing touch of orange makes this cocktail a fall favorite.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

188 kl

Ingredients

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

Equipment

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

Instructions

  • Make sure to chill an old fashioned glass.
  • Start by pouring 1 oz sweet Vermouth into the stirring glass.
  • Add 1 oz Campari.
  • Measure out and pour 1 oz Dark Rum into the stirring glass as well.
  • Fill the mixing glass with ice. Using a bar spoon or a long stirrer, stir well (for about 15-20 seconds). Give it a taste and stir a bit more if you feel like more dilution is necessary.
  • Replace the ice into your old fashioned glass and using the cocktail strainer, strain the drink into it over the ice.
  • Garnish with an orange peel (express it on top of the glass and drop it inside the glass or place it on the rim). Serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Dark Rum: If I don't have dark rum, I can substitute white or spiced rum. The flavor profile will change slightly, but it makes a delicious cocktail.
  • Campari: If Campari's bitter edge isn't my liking, Aperol is a good alternative. It's lighter but still brings that orange essence.
  • Sweet Vermouth: In a pinch, dry vermouth works just fine. To balance the bitterness, try to add a small splash of simple syrup.

Making a Pitcher of Rum Negroni:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, I multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 8 oz of dark rum, 8 oz of Campari, and 8 oz of sweet vermouth.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the dark rum, Campari, and sweet vermouth 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:

  • Dark Rum Substitute: use a non-alcoholic dark rum substitute; these are available and reasonably mimic rum's flavor.
  • Campari Substitute: opt for a non-alcoholic aperitif or a simple syrup infused with orange peel and a touch of bitterness from gentian root or even a dash of grapefruit juice.
  • Sweet vermouth: opt for a grape juice aromatized with cloves, citrus peel and ginger.  
  • 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 Labels: Most spirits and liqueur are vegan-friendly. However, some brands may use animal products in their production process. Always check the labels to ensure they're vegan.

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
%

 

Rum Negroni Cocktail Drink

Rum Negroni Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Enjoy a Rum Negroni with this easy recipe! The mix of rum, Campari, sweet vermouth, and a finishing touch of orange makes this cocktail a fall favorite.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 188

Ingredients
 

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

Equipment

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

Instructions

  • Make sure to chill an old fashioned glass.
  • Start by pouring 1 oz sweet Vermouth into the stirring glass.
  • Add 1 oz Campari.
  • Measure out and pour 1 oz Dark Rum into the stirring glass as well.
  • Fill the mixing glass with ice. Using a bar spoon or a long stirrer, stir well (for about 15-20 seconds). Give it a taste and stir a bit more if you feel like more dilution is necessary.
  • Replace the ice into your old fashioned glass and using the cocktail strainer, strain the drink into it over the ice.
  • Garnish with an orange peel (express it on top of the glass and drop it inside the glass or place it on the rim). Serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Dark Rum: If I don't have dark rum, I can substitute white or spiced rum. The flavor profile will change slightly, but it makes a delicious cocktail.
  • Campari: If Campari's bitter edge isn't my liking, Aperol is a good alternative. It's lighter but still brings that orange essence.
  • Sweet Vermouth: In a pinch, dry vermouth works just fine. To balance the bitterness, try to add a small splash of simple syrup.

Making a Pitcher of Rum Negroni:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, I multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 8 oz of dark rum, 8 oz of Campari, and 8 oz of sweet vermouth.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the dark rum, Campari, and sweet vermouth 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:

  • Dark Rum Substitute: use a non-alcoholic dark rum substitute; these are available and reasonably mimic rum's flavor.
  • Campari Substitute: opt for a non-alcoholic aperitif or a simple syrup infused with orange peel and a touch of bitterness from gentian root or even a dash of grapefruit juice.
  • Sweet vermouth: opt for a grape juice aromatized with cloves, citrus peel and ginger.  
  • 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 Labels: Most spirits and liqueur are vegan-friendly. However, some brands may use animal products in their production process. Always check the labels to ensure they're vegan.

What is a Rum Negroni?

A Rum Negroni is a rum-based cocktail of equal parts dark rum, Campari, and sweet vermouth. This drink is easy to make as it only involves stirring the ingredients together with ice before straining into a glass. The Rum Negroni is an exciting variant of the classic gin-based Negroni cocktail; substituting gin for rum gives this version a warmer and richer flavor profile that can be more appealing to those who find traditional gin cocktails too harsh or botanical in taste.

A side shot of a Rum Negroni cocktail in an old fashioned glass on a white coaster placed on a dark brown table with orange cloth under the coaster

What is a Rum Negroni made of – The ingredients

For a perfect Rum Negroni, make sure you have these ingredients:

  • Rum: This forms the cocktail’s base, providing a rich and smooth flavor.
  • Campari: An Italian aperitif, it adds a bitter edge to balance out the sweetness of the rum.
  • Sweet Vermouth: This fortified wine gives depth and complexity to the drink, enhancing its overall flavor profile.
  • Orange Peel: Used as a garnish, it imparts a subtle citrus aroma that complements the other ingredients.

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

How do you make a Rum Negroni?

Create a delicious Rum Negroni by following our easy steps:

1
<p>Begin by filling your old fashioned glass with ice cubes.</p>

Begin by filling your old fashioned glass with ice cubes.

2
<p>Then, stir the ice cubes in the old fashioned glass with a bar spoon. This will ensure that your cocktail is served at the perfect temperature.</p>

Then, stir the ice cubes in the old fashioned glass with a bar spoon. This will ensure that your cocktail is served at the perfect temperature.

3
<p>Pour one ounce of sweet vermouth into the mixing glass. The sweet vermouth adds depth and complexity to the cocktail, complementing the bitterness of the Campari.</p>

Pour one ounce of sweet vermouth into the mixing glass. The sweet vermouth adds depth and complexity to the cocktail, complementing the bitterness of the Campari.

4
<p>Add one ounce of Campari to the mix. This Italian aperitif lends a bitter edge to the cocktail, balancing out the sweetness of the rum.</p>

Add one ounce of Campari to the mix. This Italian aperitif lends a bitter edge to the cocktail, balancing out the sweetness of the rum.

5
<p>Pour one ounce of dark rum into the glass. The dark rum will provide a rich, robust base for your cocktail.</p>

Pour one ounce of dark rum into the glass. The dark rum will provide a rich, robust base for your cocktail.

6
<p>Ice up the mixing glass.</p>

Ice up the mixing glass.

7
<p>Stir the ingredients together for about 30 seconds. This will not only mix the ingredients thoroughly but also help to chill the cocktail further.</p>

Stir the ingredients together for about 30 seconds. This will not only mix the ingredients thoroughly but also help to chill the cocktail further.

8
<p>Strain the cocktail into your old fashioned glass filled with fresh ice.</p>

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

9
<p>Take an orange peel and express it on top of the drink, to release the oils</p>

Take an orange peel and express it on top of the drink, to release the oils

10
<p>Finally, garnish the cocktail with the orange peel. The citrusy aroma of the orange peel adds a refreshing note to the cocktail, rounding out the flavors beautifully.</p>

Finally, garnish the cocktail with the orange peel. The citrusy aroma of the orange peel adds a refreshing note to the cocktail, rounding out the flavors beautifully.

History and Origin of the Rum Negroni

The story of the original Negroni starts in Florence, Italy, in the early 1900s. Count Camillo Negroni asked his bartender to make his favorite drink, the Americano, stronger using gin instead of soda water. The bartender also used an orange garnish instead of lemon to mark the new drink. That’s how the classic Negroni came about.

Years later, bartenders started playing with different versions of this famous cocktail. One of these versions is the Rum Negroni. Using rum instead of gin makes the cocktail taste warmer and smoother.

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

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Rum Negroni?
A standard serving of Rum Negroni contains approximately 200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific brands of alcohol used and the size of the pour.
How strong is a Rum Negroni?
The strength of a Rum Negroni is typically around 25% ABV (Alcohol By Volume), which translates to 50 proof. This makes it a moderately strong cocktail, with its three components contributing to its overall strength.
What type of alcohol is used in a Rum Negroni?
A traditional Rum Negroni uses three types of alcohol: dark rum, sweet vermouth, and Campari. Each ingredient contributes to the unique flavor profile of this classic cocktail.
In what type of glass is a Rum Negroni served?
Typically, a Rum Negroni is served in an old-fashioned or rocks glass. These short, sturdy glasses are perfect for this type of stirred cocktail.
What does a Rum Negroni taste like?
A Rum Negroni offers a complex blend of flavors. The dark rum provides sweetness and depth, the sweet vermouth adds herbal notes, and the Campari brings bitterness and citrus undertones. Together, they create a balanced, both bitter and sweet cocktail with a smooth finish.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Rum Negroni?
The ratio for a Rum Negroni is simple: one part dark rum, one part sweet vermouth, and one part Campari. This equal-parts recipe makes it easy to remember and balances all the flavors.
How is a Rum Negroni served with ice?
A Rum Negroni is typically served over ice. After stirring the ingredients together with ice in a mixing glass, the cocktail is strained over fresh ice in the serving glass. This method helps to chill the drink and dilute it slightly for a smoother taste.

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