An earthy twist on a classic cocktail, this Mezcal Negroni recipe will surprise your tastebuds in the best way. Made with only three ingredients, this simple, refreshing cocktail will become a staple in your bar creations.
A smokey rendition of the classic Negroni cocktail, this drink has a unique and intriguing flavor that will have you hooked. The contrast of smokey Mezcal, Campari, and Sweet Vermouth blend perfectly for an interesting and delicious cocktail blend.
Mezcal Negroni Ingredients
- Mezcal: Tequila’s first cousin, this agave-based spirit has a rich, smokey flavor.
- Campari: An Italian liqueur best known for its fruity yet bitter flavor and bright red color. Also found in the Campari Spritz.
- Sweet Vermouth: A fortified wine flavored with herbs, spices, and botanicals also used in the Hanky Panky cocktail. If you prefer the flavor of dry vermouth, you can use that in this recipe instead with the same ratio.
How to Make a Mezcal Negroni
- Pour the mezcal, Campari, and Sweet Vermouth into a mixing glass filled with ice.
- Stir gently to mix.
- Strain into an ice-filled tumbler.
- Lastly, garnish and enjoy!
What is a Negroni
A classic aperitif commonly enjoyed before or after a meal, the Negroni cocktail is made with equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet red vermouth. This Mezcal Negroni recipe involves a very simple switch to spice things up. Using mezcal instead of gin still keeps the fruity, bittersweet flavor from the Campari and Sweet Vermouth. However, adding the unique smokey essence from the mezcal brings some adventure to this cocktail. You will love how this simple change-up gives your tastebuds a whole new experience!
What is Mezcal Made From
Mezcal, which originated in Mexico, is a distilled alcoholic beverage that comes from agave (also known as maguey). Because it is roasted in underground pits, it has an earthy, smokey flavor.
Mezcal vs Tequila
Mezcal and tequila both come from agave plants, but have their differences. The main difference between mezcal and tequila stems from how each are made. Mezcal comes from agave roasted in underground pits, while tequila is produced by steaming the agave in ovens. The production of each liqueur gives each spirit its unique flavor.
How to Serve Mezcal Negronis
This cocktail is best served in a glass tumbler on the rocks or over ice. Furthermore, garnish with an orange peel for a citrus twist. Simply cut a long, thin ribbon of peel from an orange, twist the peel into a spiral and garnish the finished drink.
Other Classic Cocktails
- 3/4 ounce Mezcal
- 3/4 ounce Campari
- 3/4 ounce Sweet Red Vermouth Can also use dry if you prefer
- orange optional
- Pour the mezcal, Campari and Sweet Red Vermouth into an ice filled mixing glass.
- Strain into an ice filled glass.
- Garnish and enjoy!