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Not your average party punch!
There’s no better drink to end your day with than a Classic Negroni Cocktail. Herbaceous, bitter, and dry, sipping on this ruby red cocktail with an orange wedge in the bubble bath is my idea of heaven!
It’s not only a great partner during self-care nights, but for parties as well! Made with some extra aromatics and sweetness from sparkling wine or water and grenadine, this Sparkling Negroni Punch is still deliciously bitter, balanced, simple to make, and perfect for serving a crowd. You can even make it ahead of time and put it out as soon as your guests arrive!
This Negroni variation is much less bitter compared to the classic recipe, making it much more party-friendly. Serve your guests a glass along with an extravagant Winter Meat and Cheese Board and Cranberry Brie Crostinis. You’ll be hailed as the ultimate party host!
What is a Negroni?
The Negroni is a stirred cocktail that is said to have come from Florence, Italy during the 20th century. Trying to replicate the Americano cocktail, the first Negroni was made with equal parts gin (instead of soda water), sweet vermouth, and Campari.
This stronger Americano variation turned into the deeply flavorful, bitter, and aromatic cocktail it is today!
Now this delightful party punch is not exactly a Negroni or a Negroni Sbagliato (which the amazing Emma D'Arcy made popular). It's kind of a hybrid between the two and delightful for your next party...maybe even a stunning option!
Negroni punch ingredients
You’ll find all of the classic Negroni ingredients in this simple punch recipe but with a couple of extras. In the end, you’ll end up with an aromatic, herby, and dry punch you can serve to all of your friends!
Sweet vermouth is always best for Negronis because its sweet and earthy flavors better complement the gin and Campari compared to dry vermouth. For traditional Negronis, I like to use cocchi vermouth di Torinio, but for this punch, Dolin or Martini Rosso vermouth both work great!
If all you have is dry vermouth at home, go ahead and use it! The punch will taste much more dry and aromatic but will still be good.
Just like simple syrup, grenadine is a non-alcoholic syrup used to bring some sweetness and balance to cocktails. It’s made from pomegranate juice, water, and citrus and is surprisingly easy to make at home. It’s also easy to find at most major grocery stores, so feel free to pick up a bottle if you want to keep things simple!
The best gin to use in a Negroni punch will be floral, balanced, and something you already enjoy drinking. There are so many more ingredients in this punch recipe compared to a classic Negroni, so don’t use your best gin! The intricate flavors would be completely lost.
The Botanist is my go-to gin for Negronis, gin and tonics, gin punch, and other gin-based cocktails. Use this recipe as an excuse to shop around and try out a few different bottles to see which one you like best. Try them with different varieties of vermouth as well to find the perfect combination!
A Negroni cocktail gets its signature ruby red color from Campari. This aperitif has layers of herbs, flowers, and fruit to give it a bitter and herby flavor. There’s lots of room to experiment with the vermouth and gin you use in a Negroni but Campari always stays the same!
Sparkling wine or sparkling water
To finish off this easy party punch, add sparkling wine or water at the end. It’s delightfully fizzy and bubbly, plus it helps to tone down the strong flavors from the spirits.
Are Negronis a little too boozy for your taste? No problem! Make this recipe with sparkling water instead of wine to slightly dilute the strong flavors.
How to make sparkling Negroni punch
Just like my Sparkling Hibiscus Lime Punch, putting this Negroni punch together is as easy as 1, 2, 3 (or 1 and 2 to be exact)!
Step 1: Add vermouth, grenadine, gin and Campari into a large punch bowl.
Step 2: Top off with a bottle of sparkling wine and stir to combine.
Add ice and serve!
Your questions answered!
What does a Negroni taste like?
A Negroni cocktail tastes floral, citrusy, and with just a hint of cherry. It’s almost always bitter and dry tasting but in the best way!
Why is it called a Negroni?
The cocktail is named after the person who first ordered it, Count Camillo Negroni. After requesting something a little stronger than his usually Americano cocktail, the Negroni became his new favorite choice.
Can you make this punch ahead of time?
Yes! Everything except the sparkling wine/water can be mixed together and kept in the fridge up to 3 days in advance.
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Sparkling Negroni Punch
- 8 ounces sweet vermouth
- 8 ounces grenadine
- 4 ounces gin
- 4 ounces Campari
- 24 ounces sparkling wine chilled
- grapefruit wedges or twists
- Combine all ingredients into a large pitcher or punch bowl.
- Stir to combine add a large chunk of ice, and serve over ice!