Dante’s Unlikely Negroni

The Unlikely Negroni was the standout drink for me at Dante, the fabled NYC Negroni bar we visited in July. The drink mixes Tequila (as a base rather than gin), Campari, and Cocchi Torni, an Italian sweet vermouth, with several Thai tropical flavors for a unique-tasting cocktail with an underlying coconut flavor. 

The drink is the brainchild of Naren Young, the Australian bartender and managing partner at Dante, and well known as a negroni expert who has stated that he “hasn’t ever had a bad Negroni.”

This is a perfect negroni for tiki lovers and those who like coconuts. When I travel to tropical places, I usually go through coconuts at an alarming pace, and I love the Thai flavors in particular. My coconut obsession inspired me to tinker around with coconut milk and I eventually made the Lovely Bunch of Pink Coconuts… but this is much better than my original creation.

Cocktail next to bottle of Campari
Cocktail on bar in front of people
The unlikely negroni, shot in its homebase of Dante


  • 1 oz Blanco Tequilia (Cabeza)
  • .75 oz Campari
  • .75 oz Cocchi Tornio
  • .25 oz Coconut Liquor (Kalani)
  • .25 oz Banana Liqueur (Giffard)
  • 1 Pineapple Drinking Vinegar (Sohm)
  • 1 dropper Thai chili tincture
  • Banana Chip with 2 Drops of Sesame Oil (Garnish)


  • Coupe


  • Make the Thai chili tincture by infusing 3 dried Thai chilies in 8 ounces of vodka for 3 dfays. Strain into a jar, and add into a dropper.
  • Add all ingredients to a glass and stir
  • Strain and serve.
  • Garnish with banana chip.

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