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Unusual Tequila Negroni


For those who enjoy a good story behind their cocktails, the Unusual Tequila Negroni offers a narrative as rich as its flavors. This cocktail is a spirited reinterpretation of the classic Negroni, substituting traditional gin with the robust character of reposado tequila, and mixing in the lively notes of Aperol and Lillet Blanc. It’s perfect for both aficionados of the original and adventurous drinkers looking to explore.

The traditional Negroni is a storied cocktail, born out of Florence, Italy, in the early 20th century. It’s a cocktail revered for its balance and simplicity—gin for strength, vermouth for sweetness, and Campari for its bitter edge.

The Unusual Tequila Negroni takes this classic template and spins it with a twist, quite literally. Reposado tequila steps in with its warm, oaky undertones, replacing gin’s crisp botanicals. This choice of spirit isn’t just about swapping flavors; it’s about adding a smoother, slightly caramel-like depth that gin typically lacks.

Aperol, replacing Campari, brings a lighter, less bitter orange flavor and a touch of herbaceous zest. It’s sweeter and gentler, making it a perfect companion to the richer body of reposado tequila. Lillet Blanc steps in place of sweet vermouth, offering a floral, mildly spiced whisper that complements the tequila beautifully.

Together, these ingredients create a cocktail that’s both complex and approachable. The reposado tequila’s hints of vanilla and spice are layered against Aperol’s vibrant citrus and herbal notes. Lillet Blanc rounds out the drink with its elegant floral and berry accents, ensuring the finish is smooth and not overly bitter.

The color is a soft, inviting orange with a hint of pink—subtly radiant and perfect for any setting that calls for a touch of sophistication. Garnished with a twist of lime peel, the cocktail offers a bright pop of citrus aroma that teases the senses before the first sip.


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


Step 2: Strain the mixture into a chilled coupe glass and garnish.

This rendition of the Negroni is a testament to the art of cocktail crafting, proving that even the most established classics can be reinvented. Whether you’re a die-hard Negroni fan or a tequila enthusiast, the Unusual Tequila Negroni is sure to impress with its thoughtful blend of flavors and stylish presentation

Unusual Tequila Negroni




  1. Step 1 – Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass topped with ice. Stir until chilled.
  2. Step 2 – Strain the mixture into a chilled coupe glass and garnish.

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