The Best Non-Alcoholic Red Wine Negroni Recipe

A Negroni is a bittersweet, ruby-red cocktail traditionally served before dinner as an aperitivo. This iconic three-ingredient Italian cocktail has been around for more than a century. Legend has it that in the early 1900s, Count Camillo Negroni requested that a bartender in Florence change up the popular Americano cocktail (made with soda water, Campari and sweet vermouth) by replacing the soda with gin. And just like that, the Negroni was born. Today, a classic Negroni is made with equal parts Campari, gin and sweet vermouth, and is served over ice with an orange peel garnish.

In this contemporary Negroni mocktail recipe, we swap the base spirit of sweet or red vermouth (a fortified wine infused with botanicals) with our McGuigan Zero Pinot Noir Alcohol Free. Its aromas of plum, blackcurrant and spice make it a fantastic vermouth substitute. When mixed with alcohol-free gin and a Campari alternative, the end result is a delicious non-alcoholic Negroni, inspired by the original, that can be enjoyed by everyone - regardless of age or lifestyle choice.

McGuigan Zero Shiraz bottle and glass

Why you will love this non-alcoholic Red Wine Negroni

Organising after-work drinks in the office? Enjoying sunset cocktails outside with friends? Hosting a fancy dinner party with aperitivo and antipasto to start? This non-alcoholic red wine Negroni is the perfect drink to serve at all of these events. Not only is it easy to make, but it’s a wonderful spin on a classic cocktail that’s completely inclusive - catering to those who are driving, watching their alcohol intake, or choosing to pause their booze consumption or not drink at all.

With McGuigan Zero Pinot Noir non-alcoholic wine as the star ingredient, this alcohol-free Negroni has an intense red colour that looks attractive and feels fancy and festive. When garnished with a fragrant curl of orange peel, and served with a giant ice cube or sphere, this full-flavoured red wine Negroni mocktail is sure to be a hit with everyone at your next happy hour.

McGuigan Zero Shiraz and a negroni mocktail

Non-Alcoholic Red Wine Negroni


For this easy mocktail Negroni recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 40ml McGuigan Zero Pinot Noir
  • 40ml non-alcoholic gin 40ml Lyre’s Italian Orange (Campari alternative)
  • Orange peel twist A single large ice cube or sphere

Tip: Use a single shot glass to easily measure the liquids.


How To Make:

  • Place the ice cube or sphere into a low tumbler or rocks glass.
  • Measure 40ml (or a single shot glass) each of McGuigan Zero Pinot Noir, non-alcoholic gin and Lyre’s Italian Orange. Add to the tumbler and stir.
  • Garnish with a long, thin twist of orange peel.


What kind of wine is best for Non-Alcoholic Red Wine Negroni?

Our McGuigan Zero Shiraz Alcohol Free makes the perfect red wine Negroni because it embodies similar flavours and aromas to the semi-sweet vermouth used in the traditional Negroni. It has an attractive aroma of plums and blackcurrants, mocha and spice, finished with a sweet fruity palate with hints of cocoa.

McGuigan Zero is our range of wines that are free from alcohol, but full of flavour. We own Australia’s most modern spinning cone technology used to craft non-alcoholic wine that has retained as much of the original wine’s varietal flavours and aromas as possible. And as an added bonus, McGuigan Zero wines are also lower in calories, sugar and are gluten free.


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