White Negroni Cocktail Drink

White Negroni

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Written by Gavin Wrigley

Craving a classy cocktail? Look no further than this White Negroni recipe! It’s a tasty drink with special ingredients that you can make in no time.

White Negroni Recipe

Savor the taste of fall with this uncomplicated White Negroni recipe! The mix of Gin, Lillet blanc vermouth, and Suze makes it a delightful evening drink.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

162 kl

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Gin, preferably London Dry or Plymouth
  • 1 oz Suze
  • 1 oz Lillet Blanc
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

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

Instructions

  • Start by pouring 1 oz Lillet Blanc into the stirring glass.
  • Add 1 oz Suze.
  • Finally, add 1 oz Gin.
  • 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.
  • Fill an Old Fashioned glass with a generous amount of ice cubes. Using the cocktail strainer, strain the drink over the ice.
  • Garnish with a lemon peel (express it on top of the glass and drop it inside the glass for garnish). Serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: A very popular twist on this drink is to use mezcal instead of gin. It gives the drink a potent and smoky profile, making mezcal a very good alternative to gin if you happen to have some on hand.
  • Suze: You can use any type of gentian liqueur to make this drink. If you're not a fan of Suze's bitter edge, Aperol is a good alternative. It's lighter but still brings that citrus essence. However, keep in mind that Aperol is sweeter than Suze,v so you may have to adjust the quantity.
  • Lillet Blanc: Cocchi Americano also works very well in this drink. If you can’t seem to find any of that, you can use blanc vermouth (such as Dolin Blanc) as well.

Making a Pitcher of White Negroni:

  • To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 8 oz of Gin, 8 oz of Suze, and 8 oz of Lillet Blanc.
  • In a large pitcher, combine the Gin, Suze, and Lillet Blanc. Stir well.
  • Pour the mixture into ice-filled Old Fashioned glasses, garnish with a lemon twist, and serve immediately. If you have some leftovers, be sure to keep it in the fridge (make sure no ice cubes are left inside) in an airtight container as Lillet is prone to oxidation when kept at room temperature.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute; these are widely available and reasonably mimic Gin's botanicals.
  • Lillet substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic vermouth (Martini Floreale for instance). These are usually widely available in liquor stores.
  • Suze Substitute: You can use yellow (sometimes called “blonde”) Crodino to recreate the bitterness of Suze in your cocktail. This non-alcoholic aperitivo will give your cocktail the same color as the original, and its fizziness will help by giving texture to the drink.
  • Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The White Negroni is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. However, always check your ingredients' labels to ensure they're vegan-friendly, as some brands may use animal products in their production process.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
162
% Daily Value*
Sodium
 
0.3
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
8
g
3
%
Sugar
 
7
g
8
%
Potassium
 
1
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.01
mg
0
%

 

White Negroni Cocktail Drink

White Negroni Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Savor the taste of fall with this uncomplicated White Negroni recipe! The mix of Gin, Lillet blanc vermouth, and Suze makes it a delightful evening drink.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 162

Ingredients
 

  • 1 oz Gin - preferably London Dry or Plymouth
  • 1 oz Suze
  • 1 oz Lillet Blanc
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

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

Instructions

  • Start by pouring 1 oz Lillet Blanc into the stirring glass.
  • Add 1 oz Suze.
  • Finally, add 1 oz Gin.
  • 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.
  • Fill an Old Fashioned glass with a generous amount of ice cubes. Using the cocktail strainer, strain the drink over the ice.
  • Garnish with a lemon peel (express it on top of the glass and drop it inside the glass for garnish). Serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: A very popular twist on this drink is to use mezcal instead of gin. It gives the drink a potent and smoky profile, making mezcal a very good alternative to gin if you happen to have some on hand.
  • Suze: You can use any type of gentian liqueur to make this drink. If you're not a fan of Suze's bitter edge, Aperol is a good alternative. It's lighter but still brings that citrus essence. However, keep in mind that Aperol is sweeter than Suze,v so you may have to adjust the quantity.
  • Lillet Blanc: Cocchi Americano also works very well in this drink. If you can’t seem to find any of that, you can use blanc vermouth (such as Dolin Blanc) as well.

Making a Pitcher of White Negroni:

  • To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 8 oz of Gin, 8 oz of Suze, and 8 oz of Lillet Blanc.
  • In a large pitcher, combine the Gin, Suze, and Lillet Blanc. Stir well.
  • Pour the mixture into ice-filled Old Fashioned glasses, garnish with a lemon twist, and serve immediately. If you have some leftovers, be sure to keep it in the fridge (make sure no ice cubes are left inside) in an airtight container as Lillet is prone to oxidation when kept at room temperature.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute; these are widely available and reasonably mimic Gin's botanicals.
  • Lillet substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic vermouth (Martini Floreale for instance). These are usually widely available in liquor stores.
  • Suze Substitute: You can use yellow (sometimes called “blonde”) Crodino to recreate the bitterness of Suze in your cocktail. This non-alcoholic aperitivo will give your cocktail the same color as the original, and its fizziness will help by giving texture to the drink.
  • Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The White Negroni is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. However, always check your ingredients' labels to ensure they're vegan-friendly, as some brands may use animal products in their production process.

What is a White Negroni?

A White Negroni is a gin-based cocktail made of Suze, a French apéritif, and Lillet Blanc, a French aromatized wine. It’s not difficult to make as it only requires the three ingredients mixed in equal parts; however, sourcing the specific ingredients might be challenging due to their unique nature. The White Negroni is a variant of the classic Negroni cocktail, which traditionally includes Gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth.

A side shot of a White Negroni cocktail in an old fashioned glass on a white coaster placed on a white table surrounded by a red cloth, a jigger, and a bar spoon.

What is a White Negroni made of – The ingredients

You will require these ingredients to concoct a White Negroni:

  • Gin: The base spirit of the cocktail, Gin provides a strong, botanical flavor that forms the backbone of the drink.
  • Lillet Blanc: A sweet, fruity French aperitif wine that adds complexity and depth to the cocktail. It also gives the White Negroni its distinctive pale color.
  • Suze: This is a bitter French liqueur made from gentian root. It imparts a unique bitterness to balance the sweetness of the Lillet Blanc and the strength of the Gin.
  • Lemon Twist: Used as a garnish, it adds a touch of citrus aroma that complements the Gin’s botanicals and enhances the drink’s overall sensory experience.

Gin, Suze, and Lillet Blanc laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a White Negroni?

Create a White Negroni at home with our user-friendly guide:

1
<p>Start by filling an old fashioned glass with ice. This will ensure that your cocktail is chilled to perfection, enhancing the flavors of the ingredients.</p>

Start by filling an old fashioned glass with ice. This will ensure that your cocktail is chilled to perfection, enhancing the flavors of the ingredients.

2
<p>Pour one ounce of Lillet Blanc into the glass. This French aperitif wine adds a touch of sweetness and a complex array of fruity and floral notes to the cocktail.</p>

Pour one ounce of Lillet Blanc into the glass. This French aperitif wine adds a touch of sweetness and a complex array of fruity and floral notes to the cocktail.

3
<p>Add one ounce of Suze liqueur to the glass. Suze liqueur gives the White Negroni its distinctive bitter edge, contrasting nicely with the sweetness of the other ingredients.</p>

Add one ounce of Suze liqueur to the glass. Suze liqueur gives the White Negroni its distinctive bitter edge, contrasting nicely with the sweetness of the other ingredients.

4
<p>Follow this with one ounce of London Dry or Plymouth Gin.The Gin serves as the cocktail's base, providing a strong, crisp flavor that balances the other ingredients.</p>

Follow this with one ounce of London Dry or Plymouth Gin.The Gin serves as the cocktail's base, providing a strong, crisp flavor that balances the other ingredients.

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

Fill the mixing glass with ice cubes.

6
<p>Using a bar spoon, stir the mixture gently for about 15-20 seconds. This combines the ingredients and helps dilute the cocktail slightly, mellowing out the strong flavors.</p>

Using a bar spoon, stir the mixture gently for about 15-20 seconds. This combines the ingredients and helps dilute the cocktail slightly, mellowing out the strong flavors.

7
<p>Replace the ice cubes from your chilled old fashioned glass.</p>

Replace the ice cubes from your chilled old fashioned glass.

8
<p>Strain the mixture into your chilled old fashioned glass.</p>

Strain the mixture into your chilled old fashioned glass.

9
<p>Finally, garnish the cocktail by expressing a lemon peel on top of the drink </p>

Finally, garnish the cocktail by expressing a lemon peel on top of the drink

10
<p>Then place it into the glass. This adds a citrus aroma that complements the flavors of the cocktail beautifully and gives the drink an elegant finishing touch.</p>

Then place it into the glass. This adds a citrus aroma that complements the flavors of the cocktail beautifully and gives the drink an elegant finishing touch.

Variations

Keen to discover more? We have several favorites we’re excited to share:

  • Boulevardier: This features whiskey instead of gin, creating a richer and warmer taste profile. The whiskey’s caramel and vanilla notes blend beautifully with the bitter-sweetness of the Campari and the herbal undertones of the vermouth. I love how the depth of the whiskey transforms the classic into a cozy, autumnal delight.
  • Old Pal: Rye whiskey replaces gin and combines with dry vermouth rather than sweet vermouth. This results in a spicier, drier, and slightly more robust drink. The peppery notes from the rye and the crispness of the dry vermouth create a refreshingly bold experience.
  • Mezcal Negroni: This uses mezcal instead of gin, offering a smoky twist on the original. The mezcal introduces a unique smokiness that complements the bitterness of the Campari and the sweetness of the vermouth. The smoky element makes it feel adventurous and intriguing.
  • Aperol Negroni: Aperol takes the place of Campari, leading to a lighter and slightly sweeter flavor. The softer bitterness of Aperol combined with the gin and vermouth makes for a more delicate and approachable option. I appreciate the balance of sweetness and bitterness; it’s perfect for a sunny afternoon.
  • Negroni Bianco: White vermouth and a lighter, dry gin create a more floral and citrusy profile. The absence of the deep red Campari gives it a clear, refreshing appearance. This is an excellent choice for those who prefer a milder yet still complex taste.
  • Cynar Negroni: Cynar, an artichoke-based liqueur, substitutes for Campari, adding a vegetal and slightly earthy flavor. The result is a more complex and slightly less bitter drink. The earthy tones of Cynar create a fascinating depth that makes every sip interesting.
  • White Mezcal Negroni: Mezcal and white vermouth replace the traditional ingredients, resulting in a smoky, slightly sweeter profile with a lighter hue.

History and Origin of the White Negroni

British bartender Wayne Collins created the White Negroni cocktail in 2001 at VinExpo, a wine and spirit fair in Bordeaux, France. As he originally created the cocktail for Nick Blacknell, brand director of Plymouth Gin, the drink originally featured Plymouth Gin in its recipe. The drink was later introduced by the Plymouth Gin american brand ambassador to Audrey Saunders, owner of pegu Club in New York, where the drink quickly became a great hit.

A White Negroni cocktail, shot from above, in an old fashioned glass on a beige surface surrounded by Gin, Suze, and Lillet Blanc

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FAQ

How many calories does a White Negroni contain?
A standard serving of White Negroni contains approximately 200 calories. However, this can vary slightly depending on the specific brands of alcohol used.
How strong is a White Negroni cocktail?
The strength of a White Negroni cocktail typically falls around 22% ABV (Alcohol By Volume), which translates to 44 proof. This makes it a moderately potent cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a White Negroni?
A classic White Negroni uses Gin as its primary spirit, combined with Lillet Blanc, a French aperitif wine, and Suze, a bitter French liqueur.
In what kind of glass is a White Negroni served?
Traditionally, a White Negroni is served in an Old Fashioned glass or rocks glass.
What does a White Negroni taste like?
A White Negroni offers a complex bitter and sweet flavor profile. The Gin provides a crisp, juniper-forward base, while the Lillet Blanc adds sweetness, and the Suze imparts bitter herbal notes.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a White Negroni?
The standard ratio for a White Negroni is 1:1:1. This means equal parts (usually one ounce each) of Gin, Lillet Blanc, and Suze.
How is a White Negroni served with ice?
A White Negroni is typically served on the rocks, meaning it's poured over ice cubes in the glass.
Is there any specific time or occasion to enjoy a White Negroni?
While there's no hard and fast rule about when to enjoy this cocktail, its refreshing taste makes it a popular choice for summer evenings or as an aperitif before dinner.
Is there any specific garnish used for a White Negroni?
Yes, a White Negroni is typically garnished with a twist of lemon peel to enhance its citrus notes and add visual appeal. A grapefruit zest twist can be used as well.

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