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The Mezcal Negroni: A Smoky Twist on a Classic

The Mezcal Negroni: A Smoky Twist on a Classic
  May 15, 2024

The Mezcal Negroni: A Smoky Twist on a Classic

The Negroni, a timeless cocktail known for its balance of bitter, sweet, and botanical notes, gets a smoky makeover with the Mezcal Negroni. This variation swaps the usual gin base for mezcal, introducing a layer of smokiness that adds complexity and intrigue to the drink.


1 ounce mezcal (Espadin varietal is a popular choice for its balance of smoke)

1 ounce Campari (a bitter Italian aperitif)

1 ounce sweet vermouth (Carpano Antica Formula or Cocchi Torino are good options)

Orange peel twist (for garnish)


For the perfect serving temperature, fill a rocks glass with ice and let it sit for a few minutes. Discard the ice before building your drink.

In the chilled rocks glass, add the mezcal, Campari, and sweet vermouth.

Gently stir the ingredients with a bar spoon for about 20 seconds to chill and dilute the drink slightly.

Express the oils from an orange peel twist over the drink and add it to the glass for garnish. Enjoy your Mezcal Negroni!


Espadin mezcal is a popular choice for the Mezcal Negroni as it offers a balance of smokiness and earthiness that complements the other ingredients. Feel free to experiment with other mezcal varieties to explore the range of smoky flavors available.

The quality of your sweet vermouth can significantly impact the drink's taste profile. Opt for a well-respected brand like Carpano Antica Formula or Cocchi Torino for a richer flavor experience.

The 1:1:1 ratio of mezcal, Campari, and sweet vermouth creates a balanced drink. However, you can adjust the ratios slightly to suit your preference. Want a smokier drink? Add a bit more mezcal. Prefer a sweeter profile? Use a touch more sweet vermouth.

Stirring gently incorporates the ingredients and chills the drink without diluting it too much. Over-stirring can introduce air bubbles and alter the texture.

The orange peel twist expressed over the drink adds a touch of citrus aroma and complements the herbal and bitter notes of the Campari and sweet vermouth.

The Mezcal Negroni is a simple yet sophisticated cocktail that allows you to explore the smoky depths of mezcal. It's a perfect choice for adventurous palates or those who enjoy a unique twist on a classic. So, fire up your taste buds and give the Mezcal Negroni a try! Remember, drink responsibly and savor the smoky symphony.