East india negroni with Sherry and rum variation cocktail. How to make this sherry with rum cocktail

East India Negroni with Sherry cocktail – Negroni variation with Rum and Sherry

Origins of the Negroni cocktail

Like many classic cocktails, the origins of the Classic Negroni cocktail lie in the history of another beloved beverage: The Americano. This delicious highball with Campari and sweet vermouth was a very popular cocktail at the end of the 19th century, but by the early 20th century, was slowly losing favor thanks to one man: Count Camilo Negroni. As a regular at the Casoni Bar in Florence Italy, Count Negroni was a frequent imbiber of the Americano. However, one day in 1919, Count Negroni needed something stronger and asked the bartender to give his Americano a little kick. Instead of using club soda, the bartender used gin instead, creating a spirit forward cocktail that quickly caught on with the locals.  It became so popular that people started ordering a “Count Negroni drink,” and shortly thereafter, the cocktail officially became The Negroni. 

This equal parts cocktail of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth has taken the world by storm over the last couple of decades and has since undergone many transformations and variations.  In our East India Negroni, we have decided to use rum instead of gin, and cream sherry instead of sweet vermouth, which creates a rich and delicate take on this beloved classic, creating the Negroni cocktail with rum and sherry

Which Sherry is best for East india Negroni?

East India solera sherry for the Negroni cocktail mixture

We chose to use a rich cream as the sugar content is very similar to sweet vermouth.  Additionally, we thought the viscosity of the East India Solera cream sherry enhanced the mouthfeel of the cocktail as it works synergistically with the aged rum.

Lustau is blessed with several different cream sherries in our portfolio. However, we decided that our East India Solera cream sherry worked best for this Sherry cocktail with rum as it is aged the longest, and consequently added the most character when in conjunction with the rum and Campari. Also, it seemed like a perfect fit being that this sherry is produced with the intent of mimicking cream sherries found during the days of the East India Trading Company.

East India Negroni cocktail with sherry Ingredients 

  1. .75oz Lustau East India Solera Cream Sherry
  2. 2oz aged rum
  3. .75oz Campari
  4. Garnish: orange twist
  5. Large ice cube
  6. Glassware: Rocks glass

Negroni with sherry Recipe – Step by step how to prepare this Sherry with rum cocktail

  1. Add all ingredients to the rocks glass
  2. Carefully lower the large cube into the rocks glass
  3. stir for 30 seconds
  4. Express orange oil over the cocktail
  5. garnish with the orange twist.

Feel free to experiment with the proportions. Depending on which spirit you are using, you may want to add or subtract .25oz in order to find the balance you want.

Pair your East India Negroni with Lustau Music Playlist and enhance the Negroni experience

Sherry matches with almost anything, even with multiple styles of music! Whether you prefer bone dry wines or silkier styles there is a song or a certain genre of music that will pair with your taste. That is why we curated unique music playlists on Spotify to match with each of the most classic styles of sherry wines to enhance your tasting experience. Listen to the Cocktail music playlist now!

East India Negroni Variations and types

Negroni with gin & sherry variation

If you are looking for something closer to the original recipe you can easily make your classic Negroni with gin but keeping our East India Sherry:

  1. 1oz Lustau East India Solera Sherry
  2. 1oz London dry gin
  3. 1oz Campari
  4. Garnish: Orange twist

Mezcal Negroni variation

This variation with Mezcal called the “Mezcal Negroni” is for those who love smoky cocktails or spirits. If you like mezcal, then try this classy and deep variation. The earthy and smoky profile of mezcal will go at its best with the nutty and fruity character of our East India, creating a perfect cocktail.

  1. 1oz Lustau East India Solera Sherry
  2. 1oz mezcal
  3. 1oz campari
  4. Garnish: Grapefruit twist

Negroni with Aperol variation

Aperol is an amazing drink that fits perfectly to create a Mediterranean negroni. Just add your favorite Spanish gin and East India Solera Sherry.

  1. .75oz Lustau East India Solera Sherry
  2. 1.25oz Spanish gin
  3. 1oz Aperol
  4. Garnish: Grapefruit twist

Genever Negroni – Dutch Negroni cocktail with Genever and Sherry

Take Negroni cocktail to a more spiced, caramelly profile by using genever instead of a London dry gin. 

  1. 1oz Lustau East India Solera Sherry
  2. 1.25oz genever
  3. .75oz Campari
  4. Garnish: Orange twist


What is the best gin for an East India Negroni cocktail?

London dry gin would be best as it is typically very juniper and citrus forward, which works well in tandem with the cream sherry and Campari

What is the best rum for an East India Negroni cocktail?

Any kind of aged rum will do. Some notable brands are Plantation, Hamilton, Appleton, and El Dorado.

What type of vermouth can I use for an East India Negroni?

None! We are substituting the vermouth for cream sherry, so no vermouth is needed. Just use Lustau East India Solera cream sherry for your East India Negroni cocktail.

What is the East India Negroni cocktails origin?

This negroni variation was created by Jim Meehan of PDT back in 2009

Can I add soda to my Negroni?

Of course! A little effervescence never killed anyone.

What can I use if I have no Campari?

Aperol, Cappalletti Aperitivo, Luxardo Bitter, or any other red aperitivo style liqueur.

Cocktail by Steven Dragun, Lustau Craft Spirits Consultant. @misterdragun View more cocktail from Steven here

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