Last Updated on August 30, 2021 by The Noms
This White Negroni cocktail recipe is a great modern classic cocktail. It’s full of flavor from London Dry gin, Suze and Lillet Blanc. A great 3 ingredient drink!
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What does a white Negroni taste like?
What’s a White Negroni?
As we have stated, the White Negroni is a spin on the classic Negroni, but instead of red, it’s a bright yellow and is lighter.
The White Negroni was invented in 2001 by a British bartender in France, Wayne Collins, went to make a Negroni. Seems he couldn’t find Campari or sweet vermouth so he reached for Suze and Lillet Blanc instead. Whether this tale is true or not, you end up with this fun bright yellow version.
All about Suze
You might be wondering: what is Suze? Suze is a French bitter aperitif made with gentian root, a plant that grows in Switzerland and France. It was first put into production in 1889. Pablo Picasso made a collage that included a Suze bottle!
The flavor of Suze is a little bitter and a little sweet, with citrus undertones. You can even have it on its’ own on the rocks with a lemon peel, or with soda water and a squeeze of lemon.
All about Lillet Blanc
Lillet Blanc is a staple in our liquor cabinet (or technically our cocktail fridge, as this does need to be kept refrigerated if it is open) and we think it’s a must for you to have. If you want to know how to procounce it, it’s “Lil-Lay“. Lillet is a French aperitif, a fortified wine flavored with herbs and citrus. There are several types of Lillet: Lillet Blanc, Lillet Rosé and Lillet Rouge. The flavor of Lillet Blanc is light, with subtle floral and herbal notes. It’s like a dry white vermouth, with more of an herbal flavor.
You can keep a bottle of Lillet in your fridge for about 3 months. Use it to mix up our Shipwreck or a Vesper Martini.
There can be another option in the White Negroni instead of Lillet Blanc, if you don’t have it or feel like buying it, blanc vermouth! When it comes to vermouth, most people know there are 2: sweet vermouth and dry white. But did you know there is a third type?
Blanc vermouth is a semi sweet white, it is a little dry and sweet like a great white wine. The flavor is usually floral with hints of vanilla or citrus, and a little bitter on the finish. Then you can make a Cuban classic, El Presidente).
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Other Suze Cocktails
- Suze and Tonic – Sidewalk Shoes
- Suze Sour – Cocktail Contessa
- Gentian Fizz – David Lebovitz
- French Lemon Cocktail – Guest of A Guest
- Common Lily – Garden Cocktails
This White Negroni has become a classic cocktail as a lighter version of the classic Negroni.
- 1 ounce London Dry Gin
- 1 ounce Suze
- 1 ounce Lillet Blanc
- grapefruit twist, for garnish, if desired
- Combine all liquors in a mixing glass with ice.
- Stir for 30 seconds, strain into a coupe.
- Garnish with a grapefruit peel, if desired.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 198Total Fat: .1gSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 14.1gSugar: 13.2g
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