Food & Drink

A Classic Cocktail, Reimagined: Negroni Jello Shots

The Negroni is a classic among classic cocktails. It’s a perfect aperitif, as well as just a fantastic drink at any time or season. Bartenders love it, and ordering one is a surefire way to get in your drink slinger’s good graces. But none of that means the Negroni has to be uptight. Like any classic cocktail, it’s flexible, and adjustable to personal taste. We put that flexibility to the ultimate test by transforming the gin-Campari-sweet vermouth combo into a Jell-O shot. There was a little tinkering required, including the addition of orange juice for balance, but we think you’ll agree the result is a tasty, fun homage to the original.

Ingredients |

  • .33 cup gin
  • .33 cup sweet vermouth
  • .33 cup Campari
  • .25 cup fresh orange juice
  • .25 cup water
  • 1 .25-oz packet unflavored gelatin

Method |

  • Combine the water, gin, sweet vermouth, Campari, and orange juice in a saucepan, and sprinkle the gelatin over top.
  • Let the gelatin “bloom” on the surface of the liquid, then stir briefly, and heat the mixture on medium, stirring continuously until the gelatin fully dissolves.
  • Pour the mixture into plastic shot glasses and refrigerate until set (about 2.5 hours).
  • Garnish each shot with orange zest.