Learn How to Make a Perfect Negroni

A lot of you know that I’m obsessed with wine. A handful of you know that my love of wine extends into my love of craft beers. A tiny number of you know of my love for old world cocktails. Recently I discovered a cocktail called a “Negroni” and I’ve been obsessed ever since.

How to Make a Negroni

Not just with this cocktail but with cocktails in general. I’m thinking about starting a YouTube channel where I teach people how to make amazing, old world cocktails and complete each one in under 60 seconds. There isn’t really anyone on YouTube doing something like this. There really aren’t any people doing reliably decent and regular cocktail videos which boggles my mind.

I decided to give this a go and make a pilot video. This was built from start to finish in Adobe Photoshop CS6. That’s a first for me, never thought about doing a video in Photoshop but since this was an experiment and since I only shot photos I figured why not? Any who, here goes!

The Perfect Negroni

  • 1.5 ounces Carpano Antica vermouth
  • 1.5 ounces Tanqueray gin
  • 1.5 ounces Campari
  • 1 orange

Fill an Old Fashioned glass with cracked ice. Pour on top of it each of the liquors. Zest an orange over the glass. Express the orange peel (inverted pinch to release the orange oils across the glass) and drop into the glass. Do a gentle stir and enjoy!

I originally made this with Martini & Rossi Vermouth but I have to say, Carpano Antica made a world of a difference. I only used Tanqueray because it’s what I had, feel free to use your favorite gin.


As far as the video, it’s just a pilot and therefore is not close to perfect. I threw it together at the end of work just before writing this post but I think it’s a decent example of what could be. I have so many ideas of how these could be shot, stop motion, video, full bar, white box, just hands, talking, no talking…

I would love your thoughts! If you’re in San Francisco and want to help out with this project please let me know. I’d love to do a cocktail a week with a few additional special editions focusing on things like types of ice and shaking vs stirring. What do you think?

36 thoughts on “Learn How to Make a Perfect Negroni

  1. m984638 Isn’t Pimm’s No 1 just a type of liquor not a cocktail? That could be a 3 second video haha. Or am I missing something?

  2. MattnWells it’s a great contender for a future cocktail! I’ve been wanting to experiment with Green Chartreuse. Think the idea is solid?

  3. thewellinformed thanks! Something I just threw together at the tail end of work but it seems like a good start I think 🙂

  4. berghausen awe shit I thought I saw that but conviced myself I didn’t haha.

  5. MattnWells I’ve never actively sought those out but I’ve wanted to more and more.

  6. justex07 sory too bee teh barer of mispelling noose. >_< happens to me all the time: so happy I’ve got a text editing department at work.

  7. berghausen what’s weird is it was spelled correctly in all my meta data haha. Glad you caught it, fixed it in the video, description & post

  8. itastepaint if I do my series I think I’m going to hold off on vodka drinks for the first round of videos but I do love a good martini!

  9. justex07 I tend to drink rye manhattans and dirty martinis but summer has called for some reg martinis, pimm’s cups, and vodka collins.

  10. itastepaint love manhattans! I’ve had lots of people recommend Pimm’s No 1 to me but I’ve never had it!

  11. itastepaint it sounds like I have to try it. Meanwhile I think you’d love this Root cocktail I make with rye whiskey… 🙂

  12. notlife thanks! That was the hope. We all know I could go on for hours about the drink. This is for those who just want quick & easy steps.

  13. artintheage going to do 2-3 more episodes this week and see how they do. Post got lots if traffic but video views are slow.

  14. artintheage 1.5oz whiskey + 1.5oz root liquor, 1/2 oz Cointreau, Orange bitters & zest

  15. justex07 Sounds great. Definitely tweet a link to the video once it’s live.

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