The classic Negroni cocktail was invented circa 1919 in Florence, Italy at Caffe Rivoire. I love Negronis and wanted to make several variations. This recipe draws from my southern roots. The bourbon and sorghum syrup really tip this recipe into southern territory. I love sorghum syrup in this because it blends with the Campari in a magical way without over powering the drink. Sorghum is like a southern molasses that is made from the grassy stalks of the sorghum plant. My great-grandmother made this stuff and always slathered it on her homemade buttermilk biscuits for breakfast. So, you know if it used as a condiment on biscuits it is going to be amazing in your cocktail and in this Southern Negroni today. Italian meets southern in this wonderful variation of the Negroni. Check out this website and find restaurants in your area participating in the annual Negroni week and go drink an amazing cocktail for a good cause!

Recipe: Southern Negroni


  • 1.5 Campari
  • 1.5 bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon sorghum syrup
  • 2 dashes of Peychauds bitters
  • 2-3 ice cubes
  • 1 cup of ice

Garnish: orange peel


  • In a glass add Campari, bourbon, sorghum syrup and bitters.  Stir until all ingredients are mixed up.
  • Fill glass with several ice cubes and pour mixture over ice
  • Garnish with orange peel

Yields: 1 serving




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