Kingston Negroni – Made with Jamaican Rum

Kingston Negroni - Deep red Negroni twist made with Jamaican rum. garnished with an orange wheel.


30 ml | 1 oz › Jamaican overproof Rum
30 ml | 1 oz › Campari
30 ml | 1 oz › Sweet Red Vermouth

Method: Stirred
Garnish: Orange wheel
Glass: Double old fashioned

Shopping list

  1. Smith & Cross Jamaican Rum
  2. Campari
  3. Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth

The story of the Kingston Negroni

The Kingston Negroni is a modern classic. The Negroni itself has a storied past. Its origins trace back over a century to Italy, where it was first concocted in the early 20th century. This beloved cocktail consists of equal parts gin, sweet vermouth and Campari, garnished with an orange peel.

Now, let’s focus on the Kingston Negroni. This delightful variation takes the classic Negroni and infuses it with a Caribbean twist. The Kingston Negroni swaps gin for a fruity Jamaican rum, specifically the Smith & Cross overproof Jamaican rum. The cocktail was created in 2009 by Joaquín Simó, a partner at New York’s Pouring Ribbons, and it quickly became a hit. Imagine sipping this tropical delight while soaking up the sun—it’s a delightful departure from the traditional Negroni!

Why it’s called Kingston Negroni?

The Kingston Negroni is called so because it’s a variation of the classic Negroni cocktail that uses Jamaican rum as a key ingredient. The name “Kingston” refers to the capital of Jamaica, highlighting the use of Jamaican rum which gives the cocktail a distinctive flavor profile.

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