The Margaroni

Tequila fans flock to the refreshing Margarita in summer months. The lime juice and Cointreau combine to transform the edgy-yet-tantalizing Tequila into a fun, casual and ultimately tasty beverage.

The Italian classic Negroni delivers a bittersweet punch that is just as appropriate in a relaxing jazz lounge as it is ringside at an underground boxing match.

On the surface it would seem these two were as different as night and day.

Enter the Margaroni.


  • 1 part Tequila
  • 1 part Campari
  • 1 part sweet vermouth
  • 1 part lime juice


  1. Shake on ice until crystals form. I like it extra cold so I go 20 seconds or more.
  2. Large ice cube or ball in a tumbler or rocks glass.
  3. Slow pour.
  4. Throw an orange twist on top.
  5. Optionally a tiny pinch of salt.

This is not for the faint of heart. There’s a certain natural selection at play with Negroni, due to the bitterness of the Campari. Add to that the “excitement” of the Tequila and the whole thing balances on a knife edge.

You can adjust the portions slightly to suit your audience, but in my experience, those who love it, love it as-is :)