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How To Make A White Negroni

How To Make A White Negroni

How To Make A White Negroni

You'd like to know how to make a White Negroni? Well, if you're asking this question, then chances are that you're a fan of the classic Negroni recipe, and you are looking to try out one of the many Negroni riffs. You've come to the right place to find out how!


The classic Negroni recipe is a simple cocktail with three ingredients comprising of Gin, Vermouth, and Campari. The original Negroni recipe dates back over one hundred years to Florence, Italy, when it was created at the request of Count Negroni. The story goes that Count Negroni requested his Americano cocktail be made a little bit stronger, and so the bartender swapped out the soda water and instead used Gin. The Negroni cocktail has come an awful long way in one hundred years, with countless variations such as the Mezcal Negroni, Sbagliato Negroni, Grapefruit Negroni, and dozens more now appearing on cocktail menus across the world.


Although the classic Negroni recipe is a firm drinker's favorite across the globe, it doesn't mean it hasn't been tweaked by thousands of bartenders over decades. The Negroni cocktail is the barman's playground with a tremendous amount of flexibility for tweaking the flavors and tastes and creating Negroni variations. The White Negroni is unusual compared to any other Negroni variations as it's a Negroni without Campari, so it looks somewhat different from most other Negroni riffs. Experimenting with the Negroni recipe also rarely removes the Vermouth, so a Negroni without Vermouth and Campari is what gives the drink its name, the White Negroni. 


The history of the White Negroni cocktail was that it first got created in 2001 at a trade show in France. The white Negroni creator was British bartender Wayne Collins. Wanting to create a Negroni variation that featured a Gin but not sweet Vermouth or Campari, Wayne replaced two of the main ingredients with some french inspired ones instead. Collins swapped the Campari and Vermouth for Suze and Lillet Blanc. Lillet Blanc, is a wine-based aperitif, and Suze is a bittersweet gentian liqueur.


The original White Negroni cocktail is mixed very similarly to the classic Negroni recipe, and all negroni ingredients are added in equal measures. The typical White Negroni recipe today does slightly increase the gin ingredient and has marginally less Suze, which is what we show below. The White Negroni recipe is refreshing and bitter, just like you want your Negroni to be. Check out the below White Negroni recipe, and let us know what you think.



  • 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.
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