Espresso Negroni

The Espresso Negroni, also known as the Negroni Svegliato (Italian for “wide awake”), can be an aperitif and an after-dinner drink. Its dose of caffeine helps keep you energized, while its otherwise classic ingredients and proportions delight the palate. No matter when you choose to imbibe, sip slowly to appreciate the four-way conversation between coffee, sugars, gin, and bitters. They have a lot to say to each other.

Traditionally speaking, the Negroni is made with equal parts Campari, gin, and sweet red vermouth and always garnished with an orange wheel.

Espresso Negroni Cocktail Recipe


1 oz Campari
1 oz sweet vermouth
1 oz American Aviation Gin
1/2 oz fresh-brewed espresso
1/2 oz citrus simple syrup
Garnish with orange twist


Add the Campari, sweet vermouth, gin, espresso, and citrus simple syrup to a mixing glass filled with ice and stir until well-chilled. Strain into a rock glass over ice. Garnish Espresso Negroni with an orange twist.

Recipe by Sarah Cascone, Christian James Mixologist / Story by Keith Recker / Photography by Dave Bryce / Produced by Star Laliberte

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