There’s no cocktail so loved (or so hated) as the Negroni. Made with perfumy, bracingly bitter Campari, sweet vermouth and gin, the classic cocktail is an acquired taste. But when someone does fall under the Negroni’s spell, they fall hard. Negroni purists swear by the original, equal-parts recipe and don’t take kindly to someone tinkering with the formula. Well, Negroni nitpickers, we’re here to tell you that it’s time to loosen up.
There’s nothing wrong with getting a little playful with the three-ingredient cocktail. Swap out the gin for a dark, aged spirit and discover a new world of depth. Or trade out Campari for a lighter amaro and transform the cocktail into something a little more approachable for those who can’t handle the original's bitter edge. The possibilities are endless. Don’t worry, you’re not cheating on your favorite cocktail. You’re just experiencing its multi-faceted personalities.