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Easy Gin Aperol Negroni

on February 13, 2022
last updated April 17, 2023
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This Aperol Negroni is easy to whip up, balanced and bold in flavor, and gorgeous in color—the cocktail trifecta!
Aperol Negroni in an Old Fashioned glass garnished with blood orange

Searching for a fun, new, not-too-sweet cocktail to wind down with? This Gin Aperol Negroni is a variation on a classic cocktail with vibrant color and flavors.

With a punch of bitterness from the Aperol, just enough sweetness from the vermouth, and a hint of citrus from the orange peel, this is a well-balanced gin Aperol cocktail with just 4 ingredients.

Aperol Negroni is a fun, new, and not-too-sweet variation on a classic Negroni. Best stirred, not shaken.

Green tip: Consider buying your alcohol in glass bottles to avoid extra plastic packaging, and always recycle your bottles!

Aperol Negroni Ingredients

Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • Aperol. An Italian bitters Aperitif that gets its vibrant color from rhubarb.
  • Gin. Choose your favorite.
  • Sweet Vermouth. It needs a little sweetness to balance out the Aperol, so make sure you are using Sweet Vermouth rather than dry.
  • Blood Orange for garnish. Or any kind of orange!
blood orange, aperol, gin, sweet vermouth

Aperol Negroni Tips and Tricks

Tested Substitutions

This Aperol Negroni Cocktail is a take on a classic Negroni, which uses Campari instead of Aperol. So, of course, Campari can be used in place of Aperol here.

In terms of subbing a dry Vermouth for sweet Vermouth, I do not recommend it. This drink needs the sweetness of the sweet Vermouth to balance out the Aperol.

If you only have dry Vermouth, then add about 1/2 ounce of simple syrup.

With the simple ingredients or swaps listed above, you will have an easy cocktail you can make at home!

pouring bright red Aperol into a mixing glass

Best Stirred, Not Shaken

A classic Negroni is stirred, not shaken. In fact, all cocktails that are made up of only alcohol are best stirred instead of shaken.

Shaking will over-oxidize and dilute your cocktail. I love to mix my Negroni with Aperol in a Mixing Glass with ice and strain it into my lowball glass with whiskey ice.

stirring a vibrant red cocktail in a mixing glass

Don’t Skip The Garnish

You may think that the orange peel is unnecessary. I mean how much flavor can a garnish add?

But, the hint of citrus flavor and extra aroma of your orange peel makes a big impact in this cocktail. Just as lime adds tons of freshness to this Aperol Margarita recipe!

Squeezing orange peel over Negroni

Aperol Negroni Frequently Asked Questions

Can Aperol be used in a Negroni?

Absolutely! It can be used in place of Campari. They have similar tastes, with Aperol leaning just a tiny bit sweeter, making it my preference for a Negroni!

Is Campari the same as Aperol?

Comparing a Campari vs Aperol Negroni, you’ll find they are similar, but not exactly the same. They are both Italian bitters Apetifs, and both contain rhubarb.

However, Aperol is slightly more sweet and floral than Campari, and Campari has hints of berries and herbaceousness to it.

Aperol Negroni with slice of blood orange surrounded by roses

Why You Should Make This Aperol Negroni

  • The color. A gorgeous red hue thanks to the rhubarb in the Aperol.
  • It’s balanced. Not too bitter, not too sweet.
  • It’s strong. No mixers here. Just the good stuff. 😉

If you’re loving this Aperol Negroni and want more Aperol Cocktails, check out this Aperol Old Fashioned and Love Potion Cocktail, too!

Aperol Negroni in an Old Fashioned glass garnished with blood orange

Easy Gin Aperol Negroni

5 from 5 votes
Marley Goldin
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This Aperol Negroni is easy to whip up, balanced and bold in flavor, and gorgeous in color—the cocktail trifecta!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail



  • 1 ounce Aperol
  • 1 ounce Gin
  • 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 peel of Blood Orange
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  • Add Aperol, Gin, and Sweet Vermouth to a cocktail mixing glass with ice.
  • Stir and strain into an Old Fashioned glass with whiskey ice.
  • Garnish with orange peel or slice and enjoy cold.

Pro Tips

  • Using Sweet Vermouth instead of Dry Vermouth helps to balance the bitterness of the Aperol in this cocktail. If you only have Dry Vermouth, you may want to add a splash of simple syrup.
  • 1 fluid ounce = 2 tablespoons
  • I love Aperol—so much so that I have a whole collection of my best Aperol cocktail recipes!


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Course Cocktails
Cuisine European
Diet Vegan
Keyword 30 Minutes or Less, Aperol, Aperol Negroni, Easy, Gin, Happy Hour, Quick, Valentine’s Day Cocktail
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4 thoughts on “Easy Gin Aperol Negroni”

  1. 5 stars
    Hello Marley, and thanks for the recipe. The traditional Negroni has been my cocktail of choice forever, but I have your Aperol Negroni a try and it makes for a refreshing change. I now alternate between the two and like them equally. When I am desiring something quite crisp, light and refreshing, I’ll mix an American. Classically made with 1 ounce Campari and 1 ounce sweet vermouth (I use Cinzano) in an ice-packed Collin glass, I find that Aperol in lieu of Compari is equally enjoyable. Cheeks from Hong Kong.

  2. 5 stars
    This is a favorite of mine and my wife’s. Though, personally, I love the name she gave it: The Navel Gazer.

    (We use navel oranges for the garnish).

    Orange bitters are nice in it too.

    1. I absolutely love that name!! I so agree, orange bitters are GREAT in this, too! Thanks for your feedback, Samuel!

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