The brighter and sweeter flavor profile of limoncello sends this Negroni soaring to new heights

Blanc vermouth takes the place of sweet vermouth, enabling the limoncello to really shine

Published September 13, 2020 9:09PM (EDT)

Limoncello Negroni (The Countryman Press)
Limoncello Negroni (The Countryman Press)

Excerpted with permission from The Countryman Press, a division of W. W. Norton & Company.

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This Limoncello Negroni may be quick and easy, but it certainly doesn't sacrifice anything when it comes to flavor. We've eliminated the gin and substituted it with the brighter, sweeter flavor profile of limoncello, which plays well with the bitterness of the Campari. Wanting to keep this Negroni on the lighter side of the palate, we opted for blanc vermouth in the place of sweet vermouth, enabling the limoncello to really shine. To pay homage to the limoncello in this variation, we also charred a lemon slice to use as a garnish, and to add some contrasting color to the overall presentation.


Recipe: Limoncello Negroni

Serves 1  

Suggested glassware: Double old-fashioned glass

  • 1 ounce limoncello
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce blanc vermouth
  • 3/4 ounce chilled water
  • Charred lemon slice to garnish (see note)

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.

Stir for approximately 30 seconds to chill and combine ingredients.

Strain into a double old-fashioned glass.

Garnish with a charred lemon slice.

Note: To char a lemon slice, simply take your lemon slice and char it with a kitchen torch.

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