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Best White Negroni Recipe

Best White Negroni Recipe

Best White Negroni Recipe

The classic Negroni cocktail is a three-ingredient drink and dates back to the early 20th century. The invention of the White Negroni cocktail occurred in Florence, Italy, when supposedly the Italian Count Camillo Negroni when he asked for his Americano cocktail to be modified with Gin instead of sparkling water. The Negroni cocktail has come a long way in one hundred years. These days the Negroni is a timeless classic and has become a popular favorite at bars and in drinker's hearts.


Even though the classic Negroni cocktail is a favorite, it doesn't mean it hasn't been tweaked by barmen around the world. Creative bartenders have been making the Negroni cocktail their own for years. Some of the variations created over the years have become almost as popular as the classic Negroni cocktail themselves. Experimenting with various base spirits and tweaking the typical equal-parts ratio, there have been dozens of Negroni riffs created. One such Negroni riff is the White Negroni cocktail.


The White Negroni cocktail was invented in 2001 at a trade show in Bordeaux, France, at VinExpo. The creator of the now popular drink was British bartender Wayne Collins. Collins wanted to create a Negroni variation that featured a Gin but not sweet vermouth or Campari. To replace those two main ingredients, Collins instead tried some classic French ingredients. Suze is a bittersweet gentian liqueur and Lillet Blanc, is a wine-based aperitif. 


The resulting White Negroni that Wayne Collins created was a hit. Bartenders around the globe took note, and the White Negroni made its way all around the world to bar menus. 


The White Negroni is mixed, similar to the classic Negroni, with equal parts of each ingredient. The common recipe today increases the gin ingredient and has slightly less Suze. The White Negroni is a drink that is refreshing and bitter, just like you want your Negroni to be. The White Negroni is sweet and also light and floral.



  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce Lillet blanc
  • 1/2 ounce Suze gentian liqueur
  • Garnish: lemon twist


  1. Add the Lillet blanc, Gin and Suze into a mixing glass with ice and stir for 15 to 20 seconds until chilled.
  2. Pour into a rock's glass over ice.
  3. Garnish with a lemon twist.


If you are looking for more Negroni recipes to try out then check out some of the other Negroni cocktail recipes below.

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