100 Years of Negroni

Generally I’m not a huge fan of cocktails, but the one I do really like is currently celebrating its 100th birthday. According to the story, the Negroni was invented by Count Camillo Negroni when  he asked the bartender at the Caffe Casoni in Florence to replace the soda water in his Americano with gin.

It’s been a big hit in Italy for many years and there are many versions based on the original. One of my favourites is the Sbagliato which replaces the gin with Prosecco. In London there are many places to enjoy a great Negroni and here are some of the best….


Anthracite Martini Bar GNH Kings cross London

East London batch no. 2, Campari, Mancino Rosso and orange zest – £14


Sbagliato – Campari, Antica Formula, prosecco – £11

Japanese Negroni – Campari, plum sake, lemon, sugar – £11.50


Negroni “del Mazzei” – Tanquery gin, rosolio, cocchi americano, 3 olives (2 for you and 1 for Francesco)– £9

The Lost Alpaca at Floral by LIMA

Lima Negroni – Vida mezcal, Campari, Cynar, Dolin Sweet Vermouth – £9.50

Hai Cenato’s Drunken Oyster bar

Classic: Bombay London dry, Martini bitter, Martini rubino – £10

Contessa: Bombay infused Jasmine tea, Lillet blanc, Aperol – £10

Negronis at Mere, Fitzrovia

Campari, Anrica Formula, Beefeater Gin – £13