The Story Behind The Mezcal Negroni

Using the composition of a certain trendy Italian cocktail, the Mezcal Negroni proves how adaptable the pungent, earthy agave spirit can be. Alongside bittersweet Campari and sweet vermouth, mezcal is used in lieu of gin to impart a smoky depth.

Mezcal saw a surge in popularity in the early 2000s during the cocktail renaissance, enhancing the palates of young bartenders across the country. The Mezcal Negroni was and continues to be a trademark of agave-centric bars like Mayahuel in New York. Alongside the Oaxaca Old Fashioned, the cocktail became symbolic of the era’s innovation — with convention-breaking mixologists using unique spirits from across the globe in inventive drinks.


  • 1 ounce mezcal
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • Garnish: orange twist


  1. Add ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled.
  2. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice.
  3. Garnish with orange twist.

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Updated: 2022-01-12

The Mezcal Negroni Recipe