Indulge your senses in the captivating tale of the chocolate negroni, a remarkable libation born from the creative genius of mixologist Mauro Mahjoub. Mahjoub, renowned for his inventive spirit and refined palate, sought to push the boundaries of mixology by fusing the bitter complexity of the negroni with the irresistible allure of chocolate.
Hailing from the esteemed Bar Termini in London, Mahjoub has established himself as a master of his craft, with a passion for crafting innovative and unforgettable cocktails. With a discerning eye for flavor combinations and a relentless pursuit of excellence, he set out on a quest to create a cocktail that would captivate and delight.
Driven by his love for chocolate and a desire to create a truly indulgent experience, Mahjoub embarked on a journey of experimentation. He recognized the potential of infusing the rich, velvety flavors of chocolate into the classic negroni, envisioning a cocktail that would both surprise and satisfy the senses.
Drawing upon his expertise and extensive knowledge of spirits, Mahjoub meticulously crafted the chocolate negroni. Carefully selecting a high-quality chocolate-infused Campari alternative, he artfully combined it with a meticulously chosen gin alternative that would complement and enhance the chocolate notes. The addition of a sweet vermouth alternative added a touch of elegance, resulting in a harmonious symphony of flavors.
Mahjoub's dedication to his craft and his pursuit of perfection have propelled him to the forefront of the mixology scene. His creations have gained recognition and admiration from fellow mixologists, cocktail enthusiasts, and critics alike. With his innovative approach and innate understanding of flavors, he has become a revered figure in the industry, pushing the boundaries of what a cocktail can be.
I hadn’t heard of a chocolate negroni until a few months ago, when I visited Osteria Fiorella, an italian restaurant at the Red Rock Casino. When I saw it on the menu, I knew I had to give it a try just to see how the flavors actually worked together—and my mind was blown: the bitterness of the chocolate-infused Campari alternative seamlessly melded with the decadent sweetness of dark chocolate, and kind of rounded out the flavors a bit to make the drink a bit more enjoyable for me overall. Now, if I see a chocolate negroni, I’d almost always pick it over a normal one.
But even better, I can make this non-alcoholic version at home and it’s just as good as what I had at the restaurant! I hope you give it a try!
The Best Non-Alcoholic Chocolate Negroni Mocktail
Indulge in the decadence of our non-alcoholic chocolate negroni recipe. Discover the perfect blend of rich cocoa flavors and bittersweet allure. Here, the Melati is the essential ingredient to set this apart from a basic negroni. The chocolatey notes give this drink its ultra-smooth earthiness. Elevate your mocktail game with this velvety and irresistible delight!
1 oz Cut Above Gin
1 oz Wilderton Bittersweet Aperitif
0.75 oz Roots Divino Bianco or Wilderton Lustre
0.5 oz Melati Classic
Orange peel, for garnish
Cacao nibs or roughly crushed chocolate covered espresso bean, for garnish (optional)
Non-Alcoholic Chocolate or Cocao Bitters (optional)
1 dropper Chocolate Mint CBD Tincture (optional)
Ritual Zero Proof Aperitif Alternative
Lyres Italian Orange
Pentire Coastal Spritz
Ghia Non-Alcoholic Aperitif
Alternatives for the Wilderton Bittersweet Aperitif
Fill a mixing glass or a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
Add the Cut Above Gin, Wilderton Bittersweet Aperitif, Roots Divino Bianco, and Melati Classic to the mixing glass. If you’re using chocolate bitters, add them now too.
Stir gently for about 30 seconds to combine the ingredients and chill the mixture.
Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice cubes. Add the tincture on top of the drink. Give it another stir to distribute the tincture if using.
Garnish with a twist of orange peel by expressing the oils over the drink and then placing the peel in the glass. Then top with a sprinkle of the cacao nibs.
Serve and enjoy your non-alcoholic negroni!
Remember to use non-alcoholic alternatives specifically designed to mimic the flavors of the original spirits for the best results. Chocolate bitters will add an extra chocolate flavor, but we don't think it's necessary because the flavor is already pretty strong in the Melati.