Cocoa Negroni

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Cocktail History

The Cocoa Negroni is a Sips From Scripts original cocktail that we created as a variation of the Negroni in honor of our first time celebrating National Negroni Week in 2020. It’s made by adding Angostura’s new cocoa bitters and a Terry’s Chocolate Orange garnish to the iconic classic recipe, which calls for with equal parts gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Gin: This is the base spirit. We decided to use Prairie Organic Navy Strength Gin for its high alcohol content and notes of lemon zest, angelica root, and blended spices. For a mocktail version of this drink, you can also try Lyre’s Dry London Spirit in place of the gin.

Sweet Vermouth: This is a fortified wine made with white wine, sugar, citrus, herbs, and spices. We used Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth for its dark notes of herbs, figs, licorice, cinnamon, and cocoa. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Apéritif Rosso in place of the sweet vermouth.

Campari: This is a bitter Italian liqueur made with herbs, aromatic plants, fruit, alcohol, and water. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Giffard Aperitif Syrup in place of the Campari.

Cocoa Bitters: This is a type of spirit infused with cocoa and botanicals. They add chocolate flavor and spice for more complexity. We used Angostura Cocoa Bitters for their deep chocolate and caramel notes.

Chocolate Orange Wedge: This is one of the garnishes. We used Terry’s Chocolate Orange Wedges for more chocolate and citrus flavor.

Orange Twist: This is the other garnish. It adds fresh citrus aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Cocoa Negroni features aromas of citrus and Campari, and the initial taste is sweet at first with notes of chocolate before fading into pleasant Campari bitterness on the swallow.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Although Kendall can’t really drink any variation of a Negroni yet because she finds Campari to be too bitter for her palate, Alex really enjoyed this simple version. The cocoa flavors and chocolate orange add even more complexity to the drink, especially if you nibble on the garnish as you sip.

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Recipe

AuthorSips From ScriptsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 oz Gin
 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
 1 oz Campari
 5 dashes Cocoa Bitters
 1 Terry's Chocolate Orange Wedge
 1 Orange Twist

Method
1

Add gin, vermouth, Campari, cocoa bitters, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a lowball glass filled with fresh ice.

4

Express orange wedge into glass.

5

Carefully cut a slit into Terry’s chocolate orange wedge.

6

Garnish with Terry’s chocolate orange wedge and orange twist.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 oz Gin
 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
 1 oz Campari
 5 dashes Cocoa Bitters
 1 Terry's Chocolate Orange Wedge
 1 Orange Twist

Directions

Method
1

Add gin, vermouth, Campari, cocoa bitters, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a lowball glass filled with fresh ice.

4

Express orange wedge into glass.

5

Carefully cut a slit into Terry’s chocolate orange wedge.

6

Garnish with Terry’s chocolate orange wedge and orange twist.

Cocoa Negroni

Make It a Mocktail: Use Lyre’s Dry London Spirit in place of the gin, Lyre’s Apéritif Rosso in place of the sweet vermouth, and Giffard Aperitif Syrup in place of the Campari to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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More Campari Cocktails

If you like this Campari cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Rhubarb & Gingerbread Negroni Cocktail Recipe

Rhubarb & Gingerbread Negroni: A gin cocktail made with Campari, sweet vermouth, gingerbread syrup, and an orange peel

Jungle Bird Cocktail Recipe

Jungle Bird: A rum cocktail made with Campari, lime juice, simple syrup, pineapple juice, and a lime wheel

Garibaldi Cocktail Recipe

Garibaldi: A Campari cocktail made with orange juice and an orange slice

Old Pal Cocktail Recipe

Old Pal: A whiskey cocktail made with dry vermouth, Campari, and an orange twist

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