If you’re in the mood for something like a Negroni, but something not a Negroni – you need the Lucien Gaudin – a fragrant orangey boozy concoction that I just can’t get enough of. Ready to mix it up?

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Negroni by Gary ReganI have long since been a fan of the Negroni. Italy's superstar cocktail that's held firm as one of the World's most successful cocktails since its reported invention in 1919. After making my way through the rather splendid book Negroni - by Gary Regan, (a great read and packed full of interesting and delicious concoctions for the Italian Aperitif) - I was once again, on the look out for interesting cocktails featuring my one of my favourite flavours - Campari.

I'm always hunting slight variations on the classic mix of gin, Campari & vermouth, so when I heard about the Lucien Gaudin Cocktail - I was intrigued.

Named after a famed Olympic Fencer (nobody knows why), the Lucien Gaudin takes its inspiration from the Negroni, but dries it out a little. It's a wonderful balance of bitter and semi-sweet. Dry from the gin and vermouth, bitter from the Campari and a little orange burst from the orange liqueur.

It's very well balanced and feels lighter, more summery than the Negroni, while still retaining all the bitterness that appeals to me.

Lucien Gaudin Cocktail

Unlike the negroni, which uses sweet vermouth, the Lucien Gaudin uses dry and amps up the orange bitterness in the form of orange liqueur; think Cointreau, triple sec etc. I found a rather delicious French orange liqueur recently which worked wonderfully. It's a super refreshing cocktail over ice and makes great use of my favourite aperitif. It's most certainly on my ever-evolving cocktail rotation. Once you've polished off your Lucien Gaudin, why not try another of my favourite Campari cocktails, The Sculaccione - a heady combo of Campari, grapefruit and tequila! I'm sure you'll love that too - cheers!

How to make my Lucien Gaudin Cocktail

Lucien Gaudin Cocktail

Lucien Gaudin Cocktail

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Prep Time2 minutes
Total Time2 minutes
Servings (adjustable) 1
Calories (per serving) | 116


  • 1 oz gin
  • ½ oz Campari (or other Italian style amaro)
  • ½ oz orange liqueur (Cointreau etc.)
  • ½ oz dry vermouth
  • ice
  • orange peel (for garnish)


  • Combine all ingredients together in a glass of your choice with ice, stir briefly.
    Top with a slither of orange peel.


Nutrition Facts
Lucien Gaudin Cocktail
Amount Per Serving
Calories 116 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 5mg0%
Potassium 118mg3%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course | Drinks
Cuisine | French, Italian
Keyword | Cocktail, Negroni
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