White Negroni

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Cocktail History

The White Negroni is a gin cocktail that was created by London bartender Wayne Collins while he was attempting to recreate the magic of the classic Negroni but with a different bittering agent and sweetener. He landed on this light yellow concoction featuring Suze in place of Campari and Lillet Blanc in place of sweet vermouth. His original recipe was also made using the equal-parts ratio, but this version tweaks the proportions so it’s more balanced and better showcases the base spirit. 

Cocktail Ingredients

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

Gin: This is the base spirit. We used Broker’s Premium London Dry Gin because it’s versatile, high-proof, and a chameleon that adds the distinct flavor of juniper while still allowing the other flavors to shine. 

Lillet Blanc: This is a French aromatized wine liqueur that is made with Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon grapes, citrus, florals, honey, and baking spices.

Suze: This is a bitter French apéritif made from gentian root.

Lemon Peel: This is the garnish. It adds fresh citrus aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The White Negroni features unique gentian aromas along with lemon zest, it has the light sweet taste of Lillet at first, and it follows through with a bitterness and flavor that’s definitely bold but less bracingly obvious than Campari. The whole experience is completed with the strength and dry juniper-pepper notes of Broker’s Gin, which gives the drink a solid backbone without tampering with the existing flavor profiles thanks to their tried and true 200-year-old English recipe. 

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: As with any Negroni, we both had very different opinions of this one. Kendall wasn’t a huge fan of the Suze and ended up preferring the classic recipe over this one, while Alex found it to be a fascinating and unique alternative to the original that was a great pick for Negroni Week. 

Alex’s Take: “I tried a White Negroni a few weeks ago after finally purchasing a bottle of Suze, but I made it with the 1:1:1 ratio like the classic Negroni. As it turns out, the White Negroni isn’t supposed to be 1:1:1, but I didn’t realized that at the time. I like it a lot, more than the equal parts one I made; it has definite Negroni characteristics but with more differences than similarities. The Suze brings its own herbal bitter flavors that are very different from Campari, and the Lillet brings sweetness but not anywhere close to the same flavor profile as the Carpano Antica I typically use in Negronis. Overall, this is a very enjoyable drink, but unfortunately it’s not quite great enough to unseat The Red Champion.”

Kendall’s Take: “To be completely honest, the taste of this drink reminds me a bit too much of rubbing alcohol, and I actually think I prefer the original Negroni to this even though I can’t take the bitterness of that one either. After a year of tastings, I’m just not a fan of these yet.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Essential Cocktail Book: The Complete Guide to Modern Drinks by the editors of PUNCH and Megan Krigbaum.

AuthorThe Essential Cocktail BookPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Gin
 1 oz Lillet Blanc
 ¾ oz Suze
 1 Lemon Peel

Method
1

Add gin, Lillet Blanc, Suze, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a lowball glass over fresh ice.

4

Garnish with lemon peel.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Gin
 1 oz Lillet Blanc
 ¾ oz Suze
 1 Lemon Peel

Directions

Method
1

Add gin, Lillet Blanc, Suze, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a lowball glass over fresh ice.

4

Garnish with lemon peel.

White Negroni

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More Negroni Cocktails

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

Cocoa Negroni: A gin cocktail made with sweet vermouth, Campari, cocoa bitters, a chocolate orange wedge, and an orange twist

Boulevardier: A bourbon cocktail made with sweet vermouth, Campari, and an orange peel

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

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

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