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Aperol Negroni


A Negroni is usually my go-to order at any bar, it just never disappoints. It’s not only delicious but incredibly simple to make, comprised of just three ingredients. In my opinion, these are the best types of cocktails – minimal ingredients, but each blends together perfectly.

Campari is the star ingredient within a standard Negroni, but today I’m going to be swapping the Campari for Aperol. Now, these two liqueurs are similar, but they have their own distinct tasting notes. That’s what ultimately sets this recipe apart from the original. So, if you’re a fan of classic cocktails, you might want to try this Aperol Negroni. It’s a simple twist on a beloved classic.

The Aperol Negroni is a bright and refreshing cocktail that is perfect for sipping as we welcome the spring season! As a Seattlite, I look forward to this time of year (cocktail in hand) as the city starts to brighten up.

As Aperol takes center stage in this recipe, let me breakdown what truly sets it apart from Campari. Both are Italian bitter liqueurs but one definitely differs from the other according to taste. Aperol is less bitter than Campari and has a sweeter and fruitier flavor, meaning this cocktail will have a subtle sweetness to it. Campari has noticeably bitter and herbal flavors by comparison. These notes are good to keep in mind when deciding which variation of a Negroni you prefer mixing.

With this Aperol Negroni, by replacing the Campari, the result is a light and fruity beverage. So let’s mix one up!


Step 1: Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass topped with ice. Stir until chilled.


Step 2: Strain mixture into a lowball glass with a large ice cube.


Step 3: Garnish with a fresh slice of orange.

The Aperol Negroni is a delicious and versatile cocktail that is absolutely worth trying for anyone who loves a classic Negroni or is looking to shake up their mixology skills. It is a unique, yet simple twist on a classic cocktail that offers a refreshing experience. Whether you are a fan of classic cocktails or looking for something new, the Aperol Negroni is a great choice.

Aperol Negroni




  1. Step 1 – Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass topped with ice. Stir until chilled.
  2. Step 2 – Strain mixture into a lowball glass with a large ice cube.
  3. Step 3 – Garnish with a fresh slice of blood orange.
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