Today’s cocktail is a White Negroni and is a lesson in how to invent a cocktail. I’ve heard a couple versions of how this came about but what is certain is that Wayne Collins decided to pair a French and a Swiss ingredient with gin for this refreshing elixer. He used the tried and true negroni formula—1 part each of gin, the bitter Campari and the sweet vermouth—and he exchanged the slightly bitter Swiss apéritif Suze for the Campari, and Lillet, the French apéritif, a gently sweet aromatized wine with nice fruit notes.

It’s a lovely cocktail, sunny in color from the Suze, as shown in the below video by Katherine Guanche.

Happy Friday, all!

Next week, a haircut!

The White Negroni

an ingenious variant of the classic
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 mins
Course Cocktail
Cuisine American
Servings 1


  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce Suze
  • 1 ounce Lillet
  • 1 grapefruit twist (or lemon)


  • Combine the ingredients in a glass. Add ice and garnish with a twist.
  • If you would like to serve it up, chill thoroughly and strain into a coup.


These are good proportion but sometimes I want the drink to be more gin forward and so couple the gin, as I do for a traditional negroni.
Keyword friday cocktail hour, Gin, lillet, monkey 47, suze, white negroni