The White Negroni is unlike its classic or Sbagliato cousin. Not only is it a completely different colour, but its ingredients are widely different to that of the classic cocktails.

Here's the original White Negroni recipe from us...

What is a White Negroni?

The White Negroni is a modern spin on a classic cocktail, the Negroni. This cocktail contains gin, Lillet Blanc, dry vermouth and a grapefruit zest twist to garnish. As you can see, it's a bit different from the classic Negroni, which uses Campari, sweet vermouth and gin.

This style of Negroni has a delightfully refreshing citrus flavour with a hint of sourness. If the orginal Negroni is too rich and bitter for your taste buds, this may be the Negroni for you!

How to make a White Negroni

Making a White Negroni is a walk in the park, so long as you can source all of the ingredients!

  • 30ml gin

  • 30ml Lillet Blanc

  • 30ml dry vermouth (also known as 'blanc vermouth'. Suze is also a good alternative)

  • Grapefruit zest twist (to garnish)


Method - 3 steps

There are only 3 steps to success with the White Negroni and very little bartending tools needed! Let's get into it...

Step 1

First, you'll need a glass. For Negronis a rocks glass (Old Fashioned glass) is what's required. Then, pop a few ice cubes in the glass, so you're ready to serve up once you're done stirring.

Step 2

Now, add the gin, Lillet Blanc and dry vermouth to a mixing glass filled with ice. Gently stir the White Negroni ingredients with a bar spoon 30 seconds each way. This will mean that the ingredients can a good stirring, whilst still keeping the texture.

Step 3

Finally, you're ready to serve up. Pour the mixture from the mixing glass into your chosen glass. Traditionally, the White Negroni is garnished with a piece of grapefruit, matching the zingy flavours. However, it's acceptable to use a lemon twist or lemon peel instead.

White Negroni history

Unlike the Classic Negroni or Negroni Sbagliato recipe, the White Negroni has a short history. When British bartender, Wayne Collins, didn't have the ingredients to make the classic, he had to improvise. Grabbing some gin, Lillet Blanc and dry vermouth, he was unaware of the hit his hurried recipe would become. The guests loved it and it's remained a popular variation ever since.

Cocktail menus may not always advertise the White version but if you asked the bartender, we're sure they'd be bale to make it!

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