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Campari and gin are mixed together—no cocktail shaker required!—to make up John's Negroni.

"Rachael and I love Italy," John says. "I also love drinks that can be assembled easily and quickly in the glass, with no need for a cocktail shaker or strainer. As it turns out, the national cocktail of Italy—the Negroni—is just that kind of drink. If you're in Italy, you most likely will drink wine, but they do at least one cocktail and do it well."

John likes to pair his Negroni with his Creamy Pasta With Brandy for Rach on Valentine's Day. Aw!

Get more recipes from Rach's new cookbook.

John's tip: Make it a Negroni Spritzer by finishing it off with a splash of club soda — like he does for Rach in the video above, taken in their home kitchen. 

Adapted from Rachael Ray 50: Memories and Meals from a Sweet and Savory Life by Rachael Ray. Copyright © 2019 by Rachael Ray. Used with permission by Ballantine Books. All rights reserved.


  • 1 ½ ounces gin
  • 1 ½ ounces Campari
  • ¾ ounce red vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 orange wedge
  • 1 lemon twist
  • Splash of club soda


Serves: 1


Add the gin, Campari, vermouth and bitters to a rocks glass. Squeeze in the orange wedge, add ice, and stir to chill. Garnish with a lemon twist and top with a splash of club soda.

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