The Negroni Kit – Everything you need to know for our April 2016 subscribers kit

Our April kits are packed and on their way to subscribers, so now it’s time to tell you a little more about what’s in store this month, our new recipes and the ingredients you’ll get. If you’re not a subscriber, you can join now for just £24. If you just want to try this kit on its own, you can buy one through our shop.

This is no April fools, we’ve re-vamped our Negroni kit from last year and made it even better. We’ve joined forces with the wonderful Portobello Gin and Cocchi Vermouths to create the best Negroni recipes around!

To create your Negroni cocktails you will need:

  • Old fashioned cocktail/rocks glasses
  • A long bar spoon/stirrer (check out our Mixologist kit)
  • A jigger (measurer)
  • Plenty of ice – large cubes
  • A fresh orange for garnish
  • A fresh grapefruit for garnish
  • A TASTE Negroni kit or the below ingredients

Each kit contains:

1 x 100ml Portobello Road Gin
1 x 60ml Cocchi
1 x 60ml Cocchi Americano
1 x 60ml bitter aperitif liqueur
1 x 5ml Fee Brothers Grapefruit Bitters

A recipe card detailing history and recipes for the Negroni and the Negroni Bianco.



A true classic  that has exploded in popularity in recent years. It is equal parts gin, vermouth and bitters. By using different styles of these three ingredients you can create a Negroni with varying flavours.

20ml bitter aperitif liqueur (e.g. Campari)
Garnish – orange peel
Stir all ingredients in an old fashioned glass full of ice. Twist orange peel over the drink to release oils and aromas and place it in the glass.

Negroni Bianco

TASTE’s own recipes but based on one by Wayne Collins (2001) which was created for Plymouth gin.

20ml Portobello Road Gin
20ml Suze
20ml Cocchi Americano
2 dashes Grapefruit bitters
Garnish – grapefruit peel

Prepare the same way as the classic Negroni.


Alternative Recipes…

Negroni Sbagliato

Translating to “incorrect” or “mistaken” Negroni, – may not be your classic alternative due to exchanging the gin for a lighter glug of Prosecco – but you’d be hard-pressed to find something that tastes quite so good on a summer afternoon.

25ml sweet vermouth
25ml bitter aperitif liqueur (e.g. Campari)
50ml Prosecco

Combine the ingredients in an ice-filled rocks glass and stir. Garnish with an orange wheel or twist.

(Credit: Sipsmith)

The Golden SuzeSuze cocktail

1/3 Suze
1/3 Apple juice
1/3 Champagne or sweet cider
Garnish – cinnamon sticks

This works well when serving larger numbers of people. Stir the apple juice and Suze together with ice, top up with Champagne or cider if preferred. Serve with a cinnamon stick to garnish.

(Credit: Suze)

Lucien Gaudin

Named after a French Olympic fencer, the Lucien Gaudin is based on the classic Negroni but also adds Cointreau. The result is a pleasantly bitter drink that is simultaneously rich and dry, some say it’s a challenging flavour to create which makes it all the more enjoyable because of its rarity.

30ml Gin
15ml bitter aperitif liqueur (e.g. Campari)
15ml orange liqueur (e.g. Cointreau)
15ml Dry Vermouth
Orange Twist

Mix the same as the classic Negroni.


More on the Negroni


Hope you enjoy the April kit, don’t forget to tag us in your photos @tastecocktails

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