Negroni Rosa Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Negroni Rosa is a delightful variation of the classic Negroni cocktail. Traditionally, a Negroni is made with equal parts gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari. However, the Negroni Rosa introduces a twist with rosé vermouth and strawberry liqueur, giving it a more floral and fruity profile.

  • Origin: The Negroni itself has a rich history, believed to have been invented in Florence, Italy, by Count Camillo Negroni in the 1920s. The Negroni Rosa is a modern take on this classic, likely developed by bartenders looking to explore new flavor dimensions.
  • Popularity: This variation has found its niche among those who enjoy a classic Negroni but are seeking a lighter, more refreshing version.
  • Ideal For: The Negroni Rosa is perfect for spring and summer gatherings, or for anyone who enjoys a beautifully balanced, slightly sweeter aperitif.

How Negroni Rosa Tastes?

The Negroni Rosa is a symphony of flavors. It's slightly sweet from the strawberry liqueur, yet maintains a subtle bitterness from the Aperol. The rosé vermouth adds a floral note that is not present in the traditional Negroni, while the premium gin provides a crisp, botanical backbone. Overall, it's a refreshing, balanced, and sophisticated drink with a beautiful pink hue.

Interesting facts about Negroni Rosa

  • The Negroni Rosa can be considered a 'lighter' cousin to the classic Negroni due to its use of Aperol instead of the more potent Campari.
  • Strawberry liqueur not only adds sweetness but also a seasonal touch, making this cocktail particularly popular in the spring and summer months.
  • The garnish of a fresh strawberry is not just for looks; it can also be used to infuse additional strawberry flavor into the drink as it rests.


A few good options for Negroni Rosa are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Premium Gin

The gin is the backbone of any Negroni, providing a punch of juniper and botanicals. 0.85oz hits the sweet spot - it's enough to assert its presence without overpowering the nuances of other ingredients. Without it, you'll just have a fruity aperitif on your hands. An alternative could be a botanical vodka, which would make for a less juniper-forward version of this cocktail.

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Rosé Vermouth

Rosé vermouth adds a subtle pink hue and a floral, wine-like characteristic to the drink. Its measure, 0.85oz, marries well with the gin while maintaining the drink's delicate balance. Omitting this would make the drink less complex and more bitter. You could swap it with a dry vermouth, but expect a drier, less floral cocktail.

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At 0.42oz, Aperol imparts a gentle bitterness and a citrusy profile, complementing the strawberry notes. It's just enough to engage your palate without a bitter overtake. If it's out of stock, try Campari for a bolder, more bitter twist, but be careful—it's strong, so maybe use a little less.

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Strawberry Liqueur

This sweet, fruity liqueur, measured precisely at 0.42oz, naturally enhances the cocktail with summer vibes. Skip it, and you'll miss the essence of 'Rosa' - a Negroni that fails to bloom. No strawberry liqueur? No problem! Muddle some fresh strawberries as a stand-in, albeit a less potent option.

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Fresh Strawberry

Used as a garnish, the fresh strawberry isn't just for looks - it adds an aroma that invites the first sip and complements the strawberry liqueur. No strawberry? A twist of orange peel could provide a pleasant citrus zing in a pinch.

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Ice, as needed, chills, dilutes, and merges the drink's flavors. Ice is crucial - no ice means no chill and a less than refreshing experience. Too much, and you could water down the cocktail. Usually, filling the glass to just over the halfway mark does the trick!

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Recipe. How to make Negroni Rosa Drink

  1. Prepare the Glass: Select a chilled old-fashioned glass.
  2. Combine Ingredients: Place 0.85oz of premium gin, 0.85oz of rosé vermouth, 0.42oz of Aperol, and 0.42oz of strawberry liqueur into the glass.
  3. Add Ice: Fill the glass with ice cubes and stir the mixture gently to chill.
  4. Top Up: Add more ice if necessary to fill the glass.
  5. Garnish: Cut a fresh strawberry halfway through from the bottom and perch it on the rim of the glass as a garnish.
  6. Serve: Present the cocktail to the guest with a stirrer.

Pro Tips

  • Chill the Glass: A chilled glass will keep your Negroni Rosa cooler for longer, enhancing the drinking experience.
  • Quality Ingredients: The better the quality of the gin and vermouth, the more refined the cocktail will taste.
  • Stir Gently: Over-stirring can dilute the cocktail too much. Stir just enough to chill the drink.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese Platters: A spread of soft and semi-hard cheeses can complement the fruity and herbal notes of the Negroni Rosa.
  • Charcuterie: Italian cured meats with their rich flavors pair beautifully with the cocktail's bitter and sweet components.
  • Bruschetta: Toasted bread topped with fresh tomatoes and basil offers a nice contrast to the Negroni Rosa's complexity.


  • Grilled Shrimp: The smokiness of the grill and the sweetness of the shrimp enhance the cocktail's fruit profiles.
  • Salmon Tartare: The freshness of raw salmon with citrus dressing can balance the Negroni Rosa's slightly bitter tones.


  • Light Pastries: Think fruit tarts or panna cotta, something that won't overpower the cocktail's delicate flavors.
  • Strawberry Sorbet: To echo the cocktail's strawberry liqueur and garnish, perfect for a refreshing end to a meal.

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What you could change in Negroni Rosa

  • Gin: If you don't have a premium gin, you can use a London Dry Gin as a substitute.
  • Rosé Vermouth: In a pinch, a dry vermouth can be used, though it will lack the rosé's floral notes.
  • Aperol: Campari can be used for a stronger bitter flavor, but it will alter the drink's profile significantly.
  • Strawberry Liqueur: Raspberry liqueur could be a substitute, but the drink will have a different berry profile.

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Negroni Bianco Rosa

Substitute the rosé vermouth with a white vermouth and the Aperol with Luxardo Bitter Bianco. The result is a lighter, more herbal Negroni Rosa, perfect for those who enjoy a slightly less sweet drink.

  • Ingredients: Premium Gin, White Vermouth, Luxardo Bitter Bianco, Strawberry Liqueur
  • Recipe: Follow the original, but with the new ingredients.
  • Taste Change: Expect a crisper, cleaner taste with a more pronounced botanical kick.

Spiced Negroni Rosa

Add a pinch of black pepper and a small slice of jalapeño to the glass before adding the gin to give the Negroni Rosa a spicy twist.

  • Ingredients: Premium Gin, Rosé Vermouth, Aperol, Strawberry Liqueur, Black Pepper, Jalapeño
  • Recipe: Muddle the pepper and jalapeño slice, then proceed as usual.
  • Taste Change: A warming spiciness will balance with the sweetness, perfect for those who like a cocktail with a kick.

Negroni Fizz Rosa

Top the finished Negroni Rosa with a splash of Prosecco or club soda, transforming the dense cocktail into a refreshing spritzer.

  • Ingredients: Premium Gin, Rosé Vermouth, Aperol, Strawberry Liqueur, Prosecco/Club Soda
  • Recipe: Build as before, then top with the bubbly.
  • Taste Change: Light, effervescent, and less intense, adding a fizzy dimension that lightens up the drink's profile.

In case you forgot basics how to make Negroni Rosa

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Negroni Rosa

How do I choose a good quality gin for my Negroni Rosa?

Look for gins that have a balanced botanical profile and are distilled using quality ingredients. Gins that are labeled 'distilled gin' often offer a cleaner, smoother taste suitable for a Negroni Rosa.

What's the best ice to use for a Negroni Rosa?

Using large, clear ice cubes is recommended because they melt slower and cause less dilution, maintaining the strength and flavor of your Negroni Rosa.

Can the Negroni Rosa be batched for parties?

Yes, the Negroni Rosa can be made in larger quantities and stored in a pitcher or beverage dispenser. Just multiply the ingredients by the number of desired servings and chill thoroughly before guests arrive.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Negroni Rosa?

While the signature taste comes from its alcoholic components, non-alcoholic gin and aperitifs can be used as substitutes for a mocktail version, although the taste will differ from the original.

What type of garnishes can I use besides a strawberry?

An orange twist, rose petals, or an edible flower can be used to garnish a Negroni Rosa, offering both aesthetic appeal and a hint of additional aroma.

How do I properly stir the Negroni Rosa without over-diluting it?

Stir the cocktail gently for about 20-30 seconds, which should be enough to chill it without excessively melting the ice.

Can I make a variant of Negroni Rosa with a different fruit liqueur?

Yes, you can experiment with other fruit liqueurs like peach, apricot, or even elderflower to create your own twist on the original recipe. Each will offer a unique flavor profile.

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