The Story Behind The Honeysuckle Negroni

I love playing around with unusual ingredients, and I’m always eager to try out ones that don’t overpower the rest of a cocktail. I recently made a honeysuckle simple syrup that does exactly that: It brings a hint of light, fresh, and floral honey flavor that enhances cocktails. It entices your palate for another sip.

I was worried about incorporating it into a classic Negroni, so I swapped sweet vermouth for dry. It came out beautifully!

Ingredients

  • ¾ ounce Campari
  • ¾ ounce gin
  • ¾ ounce dry vermouth
  • ½ ounce honeysuckle simple syrup

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Stir to chill and combine.
  3. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish and enjoy!

Honeysuckle Simple Syrup Directions

  • 1/2 cup fresh honeysuckle
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

Honeysuckle Simple Syrup Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small pot over high heat.
  2. Bring to the boil while stirring continuously.
  3. Allow to sit for 5 minutes to infuse, tasting frequently to determine desired intensity.
  4. Rest in cool space, such as your fridge, for 10 minutes.
For this cocktail recipe, Natalie Migliarini riffs on a classic Negroni by incorporating dry vermouth and homemade honeysuckle simple syrup with Campari and gin. It's the perfect aperitif for spring time sipping or just lounging on a Saturday afternoon.