The Negroni is a classic cocktail that is still revered by both mixologists and booze enthusiasts, decades after its creation in the early 1900s. There's even an entire week dedicated to this orange-hued sip. One part gin, one part Campari, and one part sweet vermouth, the Negroni can be elevated and even remastered with the right gin. From flavored gins to gins created using exotic botanicals, the following gins are sure to upgrade your next Negroni and your bar cart.
Hendrick's Gin Midsummer Solstice
Both small batch and limited-edition, Hendrick's Gin Midsummer Solstice is a truly unique release from this Scotland-based brand. With undertones of orange blossom and exotic ripeness, Midsummer Solstice can work to add an extra layer of brightness already present due to the addition of Campari, an aperitif that is a combination of bitter herbs, aromatic plants, and fruit.
Empress 1908 Gin
Truly one of the more unique gins on the market, Empress 1908 Gin flaunts a vibrant purple hue, making it a colorful addition for mixing up a Negroni or any other gin-based spirit. Serving as one of Empress 1908 Gin's most eye-catching components, its color comes from the addition of butterfly pea blossoms.
Four Pillars Spiced Negroni Gin
For a gin that was created specifically for a Negroni, opt for Four Pillars Spiced Negroni Gin. Four Pillars Gin holds the title of being one of the first craft gin distillers in Australia, and their Spiced Negroni Gin is just one of several offerings from the brand. This particular offering from Four Pillars was created specifically "to cut through the Campari and vermouth." The result is a gin that is both highly aromatic and spicy, thanks to the addition of Tasmanian pepperberry leaf, cinnamon, and other spices.
Brooklyn Small Batch Gin
There's a good chance that Brooklyn might be one of the last places a Negroni lover would look for a great gin, but the New York City borough is home to a number of craft spirits. One of those spirits is Brooklyn Small Batch Gin, a gin that is artfully made using eleven different botanicals. The addition of these botanicals not only elevates the gin itself, but they also make for a worthy Negroni.
Old Fourth Distillery Handcrafted Gin
Another gin made in the United States, that also happens to work exceptionally well in a Negroni, is Old Fourth Distillery Handcrafted Gin. Created in Atlanta's historic Old Fourth Ward, Old Fourth Distillery Handcrafted Gin is a twist on your standard gin. In addition to juniper berries, the gin is crafted using grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, cardamom, and other spices. The combination of citrus and spice makes for a delicious addition to a Negroni.
Malfy Gin Con Limone
For a Negroni with an added kick of citrus, there is Malfy Gin Con Limone. Created using lemons from the coast of Italy, Malfy Gin Con Limone is a lemon-centric gin that is still heavy on the botanicals. Juniper, coriander, angelica, and cassia bark are among the botanicals that can be found in this Italian spirit.
Ransom Old Tom Gin
Ransom Old Tom Gin is a satisfyingly unique spirit, given that it's made using malted barley (a technique most commonly used with whiskey). The use of both malted barley and botanicals infused in high proof corn spirits, creates a gin that is ideal for making classic cocktails, including the Negroni.
Given that Roku Gin is the first gin from Japan's Suntory brand, it is one of few gins to be created using Japanese botanicals. Among these rare botanicals are yuzu peel, sakura leaf, and sansho pepper. The combination of these exotic botanicals and common gin botanicals like juniper berries is ideal for creating a Negroni with both classic qualities and added flair.
The Botanist Gin
For a Negroni that teeters on the complex, The Botanist Gin is a solid choice. Crafted in Scotland, home to most of the world's gin, The Botanist Gin is a dry gin that is carefully distilled using 22 hand-foraged local botanicals. The result is a gin that manages to balance mellow and bold, spicy and subtle.
Kalevala Organic Gin
With what is described as a "full juniper taste," Kalevala Organic Gin is ideal for those keen on making a Negroni in its purest form. On the botanicals end, Kalevala Organic Gin is made from an intriguing assortment. In addition to juniper, there is raspberry leaf, rosebud, and rosemary.