Tequila Negroni

An Italian favorite gets a Southwestern spin in the delicious and bittersweet Tequila Negroni.

Tequila Negroni

Negronis have become my latest cocktail obsession. This past year, while out on my birthday, I wanted to end the night with something different, something special. I’d heard the name Negroni mentioned in sophisticated drinking circles, and had seen the dark red beverage served in elegant rocks glasses, the orange peel floating like an island… beckoning me for a swim. So I asked the bartender to make me one.

While a traditional Negroni is equal parts gin, sweet vermouth and the Italian liqueur Campari, it was the latter ingredient I had no prior experience with. It looked delicious, sweet even… My tastebuds didn’t know what to expect upon that first sip. Mixing seamlessly with the other spirits, the Campari still made its presence deliciously known. There was a sweetness, and the gin provided that dry floral flavor… but the Campari had a real satisfying bite, it’s bitter essence rising perfectly above the rest, quenching a thirst I didn’t know I had.

Once I discovered that there were many different roads you can take on my Negroni journey, I dove in headfirst and began to explore. The version we’ll be looking at today, the Tequila Negroni, fast became another favorite. A good Blanco tequila will smoothly meld with the sweet vermouth and Campari, giving you a wonderful and warm relaxing kick right when you need it.

What is Campari?

Created in 1860 by Gaspare Campari in Novara Italy, this bittersweet red liqueur is considered an “aperitif”, meaning it’s a beverage usually enjoyed before a meal to stimulate the appetite. With a robust spicy and sweet flavor, it is often used as the main ingredient in cocktails like the Negroni, but also in lighter, bubbly affairs such as the Americano.

What is the Best Vermouth to Use in a Tequila Negroni?

I mentioned earlier a smooth and crisp Blanco tequila will serve you well in this cocktail, but let’s take a moment to talk about vermouth. It can be tempting to splurge on the tequila and Campari, but go for a cheaper vermouth. That would be a mistake. I find that any type used in any cocktail is often the make or break ingredient. If you make your Negroni with a bottom-shelf mixer, you’ll be wondering what that nasty aftertaste is. Usually, it’s a cheap vermouth. You don’t have to break the bank, but don’t go for the lowest price either. Your cocktail, and tastebuds, will thank you for it.

Tequila Negroni
Servings 1 serving
serving 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce blanco tequila
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 ounce Ancho Reyes optional for a spicy kick
  • Lime peel or lime wedge for garnish

Instructions

  • Place a small handful of ice into a mixing glass or a shaker.
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  • Pour in the blanco tequila, Campari, and sweet vermouth. If you’re in the mood for a spicy twist, add the optional Ancho Reyes.
  • Stir the mixture gently for about 30 seconds to chill and combine the flavors without diluting the drink too much.
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  • Strain the mixture into a lowball glass over a large ice cube or several small cubes, depending on your preference.
  • Garnish with a fresh lime peel or lime wedge to add a zesty aroma and complete the presentation.

Nutrition

Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 531mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 7509IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 2mg
Tequila Negroni

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Tequila Negroni

Tequila Negroni Variations

Once you uncover the wonder of Campari, you’ll want a wider experience with the intense and bitter liqueur. Twist & Toast has more than a few cocktails to satiate that new craving. Check them out:

  • Siesta – Another tequila and Campari concoction, this is one cocktail you won’t fall asleep on.
  • Classic Negroni – The drink whose reputation precedes it. Once you have one, it might just become your go-to cocktail.
  • Rosita – Tequila and Campari have become best friends! Here’s another delicious tipple featuring the two spirits together.
  • Aperol Spritz – If Campari is a little too bitter for your palate, try the slightly sweeter Aperol in this simple and refreshing drink.

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