Easy to make, intensely flavored, and bracingly bitter, the Negroni has won the hearts of drinkers everywhere. And when made right, including punching it up with our cocktail bitters, the NA Negroni has just as much to love.
This classic cocktail was invented by the Italian Count Camillo Negroni in Florence in the early 1900s. He ordered his favorite drink, the Americano—a highball made with Campari, sweet vermouth, and soda water—and requested the bartender make it stronger by replacing the soda with gin. That one small tweak cemented the Count as the inventor of one of the most popular cocktails in the world, right alongside classics like the Martini and Old Fashioned.
We've made more NAgronis than you can imagine, with just about every non-alcoholic spirit on the market and in every conceivable proportion. A few nice riffs have come out of that, like this wildly refreshing Garden Negroni, but sometimes you want to stick with the classic. As it turns out, our favorite non-alc Negroni recipe uses the same formula as the classic, but with the addition of our Orange and Aromatic bitters, which amp up the botanical and bitter elements a bit.
Importantly, we found that a specific combination of zero-proof spirits helped to create a non-alcoholic Negroni that's worthy of the name. Monday Gin has all the juniper and botanical goodness you expect from a gin, Lyre's Aperitif Rosso is a terrific facsimile for sweet vermouth, and Giffard Aperitif Syrup is the most bitter, viscous, and intense Campari alternative we've tasted. Substitute these if you must, but this is the recipe we'd serve to the most discriminating Negroni fans.
The Best Non-Alcoholic Negroni Recipe
Non-Alcoholic Cocktail / Low-Alcohol / Zero Proof / Mocktail
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and stir until well chilled.
Strain into an old fashioned glass with one big ice cube.
Garnish with an orange peel, expressing the oils over the drink.
MAKE IT MINDFULLY LOW ALCOHOL
Take your pick and replace any one (1) of these three non-alcoholic liquors with the full strength version—either your favorite gin, sweet vermouth, or Campari—for a low octane Negroni with ALL the flavor of the classic.