This Tart Cherry Negroni Cocktail will become your new favorite way to have a Negroni! The tart cherry pairs so beautifully with the Negroni ingredients! Gin, Campari, Vermouth and Tart Cherry Juice are all you need to make this oh so sippable Negroni variation!
You know what they say, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" Well that definitely does not apply to cocktail recipes!
There is absolutely nothing wrong and everything right with the classic Negroni. Just 3 ingredients that combine to give you a little bit of heaven in a glass.
But something so simple means that it's so easy to play.
I've played in the past with Negroni variations. I have the Cranberry Negroni (delish by the way) - the perfect holiday cocktail. The Negroni Sbagliato (also delish) with it's sparkling wine makes it so fun for a festive occasion. In the middle of the summer there is nothing I like more than a Frozen Negroni (do I need to say it?)
So, you would think that 3 variations would be enough. Nope. When cherries showed up at my store this week, which just so happens to be Negroni Week, I figured it was fate telling me something.
Telling me to make a Tart Cherry Negroni!
How to Make a Tart Cherry Negroni
You are not going to believe how easy it is to make this cocktail recipe! A classic negroni ingredients are 3 equal parts of gin, Campari, and Vermouth. To keep it simple, I used an equal part of Tart Cherry Juice. So, it's a simple 1 to 1 with all of the ingredients!
Step 1 - gather your ingredients: gin (I used a Bombay dry gin,) sweet vermouth, Campari, tart cherry juice, orange slices and cherries for garnish. You also need a measuring shot glass, a mixing glass, and a cocktail spoon. A negroni is stirred not shaken.
Step 2 - add ice to your mixing glass and add once ounce of gin to the glass.
Step 3 - add one ounce Campari to the mixing glass.
Step 4 - Add one ounce sweet vermouth to the mixing glass.
Step 5 - add one ounce tart cherry juice to the mixing glass.
Step 6 - stir for about 30 seconds to properly chill and dilute the cocktail.
Step 7 - Pour the cocktail into your cocktail glass. Twist a slice of orange over the drink and then drop it in. A Negroni can be served straight with no ice or on ice. In the summer I prefer mine on ice, in the winter I drink them straight, so it's up to you.
Step 8 - sit back and enjoy your delicious Negroni!
Such a Good Negroni Cocktail!
I told you all about my Negroni variations at the beginning, and I hate to play favorites, but oh my, this was so good!! The tart cherry juice added a little bit of tartness and just the right amount of sweetness. It did not dampen the wonderful bitter quality of a Negroni.
Perhaps I should say that my favorite negroni is the whichever one is in my hand at the moment, but I assure you, this Tart Cherry Negroni will be in regular cocktail rotation at our house.
If you're wondering what I'm going to do with the extra tart cherry juice, I plan on making Homemade Maraschino Cherries today! So, check back on the blog, they should be posted next Friday!
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Tart Cherry Negroni
- 1 ounce gin
- 1 ounce Campari
- 1 ounce sweet vermouth
- 1 ounce tart cherry juice
- orange slices for garnish
- cherries for garnish
- Place ice in a mixing glass.
- Add gin, Campari, sweet vermouth and tart cherry juice to mixing glass.
- Stir vigorously for 25-30 seconds.
- Add ice to a cocktail glass (or not if you want it without ice.) Pour cocktail into glass.
- Twist an orange wedge above the glass and drop the wedge into the Negroni.