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Bourbon Barrel Negroni Cocktail Recipe

Bourbon Barrel Negroni Cocktail Recipe

The Bourbon Barrel Negroni cocktail is an inventive take on the classic Negroni

The Bourbon Barrel Negroni Cocktail introduces the rich, warm flavors of bourbon barrel-aged gin for an added layer of complexity and depth. This variation pays homage to the traditional Negroni while offering a distinctive twist that appeals to bourbon and gin enthusiasts alike.


Originating in Florence, Italy, in the early 20th century, the classic Negroni is known for its equal-parts blend of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. The Bourbon Barrel Negroni cocktail evolves from this iconic foundation, embracing the craft spirits movement's penchant for barrel aging. By using gin that has been aged in bourbon barrels, this variation adds nuanced notes of oak, vanilla, and caramel to the Negroni's signature bitter-sweet profile, bridging the gap between classic cocktail craftsmanship and contemporary flavor exploration.


  • 1 oz (30 ml) Bourbon Barrel-Aged Gin
  • 1 oz (30 ml) Campari
  • 1 oz (30 ml) Sweet Vermouth
  • Ice cubes


  • Orange twist


  • Rocks glass

Alcohol Content:

This cocktail maintains the strong character of a traditional Negroni, with the primary ingredients—gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth—typically featuring ABVs ranging from 15% to 40%. The bourbon barrel-aged gin introduces additional flavors derived from the barrel aging process but does not significantly alter the overall alcohol content of the drink.


  1. Chill the Glass: Enhance your drinking experience by chilling your rocks glass beforehand. You can do this by placing it in the freezer for a few minutes or by filling it with ice water while you prepare the cocktail.

  2. Combine Ingredients: In a mixing glass filled with ice, pour the bourbon barrel-aged gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth.

  3. Stir Thoroughly: Stir the mixture for about 30 seconds or until the cocktail is well-chilled. Proper stirring is key to ensuring the drink is evenly cooled and slightly diluted, which balances the flavors.

  4. Prepare the Glass: If you used ice water to chill the glass, discard it now. Fill the glass with fresh ice cubes to keep the cocktail cold.

  5. Strain and Serve: Strain the cocktail into the prepared rocks glass over the ice.

  6. Garnish: Add an orange twist by expressing the oils over the drink and placing it into the glass. The citrus aroma complements the rich, nuanced flavors of the aged gin and the herbal-bitter notes of Campari and vermouth.


The Bourbon Barrel Negroni cocktail offers a compelling twist on a timeless classic, ideal for those who appreciate the depth and complexity of barrel-aged spirits. This cocktail seamlessly combines the herbal, bitter qualities of a traditional Negroni with the warm, comforting notes typical of bourbon, creating a drink that is both familiar and novel. It's a testament to the creativity and innovation possible within the world of negroni cocktails, making it a must-try for enthusiasts looking to explore new dimensions of flavor.

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Negroni Cocktail FAQ


How many calories are there in a Negroni cocktail?

The calorie content of a Negroni cocktail can vary slightly based on the specific brands of ingredients used and the proportions of each ingredient. However, a classic Negroni cocktail, made with equal parts of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth (typically 1 ounce or about 30 ml of each), contains approximately:

  • Gin: 1 oz has about 64 calories
  • Campari: 1 oz has about 80 calories
  • Sweet Vermouth: 1 oz has about 45 calories

Adding these up, a classic Negroni cocktail would have approximately 189 calories. Keep in mind that variations in the recipe or serving size, as well as the use of additional ingredients like syrups or juices, could increase or decrease the total calorie count.

What does a Negroni taste like?

A Negroni cocktail offers a distinctive balance of flavors that make it a unique and sophisticated drink. It is known for its:

  1. Bitterness: