Swiss Cartel (Tequila Negroni Cocktail) Recipe

Vicky Wasik

It's not a huge leap to swap out a botanical gin for a slightly herbal agave spirit, but this Negroni variation from Meaghan Dorman, bar director at The Raines Law Room in New York, gets a touch of mellow richness and a hint of vanilla by pairing aged tequila with Gran Classico, a nuanced, aromatic aperitif that has some of Campari's bittersweet character. The drink is smooth and soft, almost butterscotch-y.

Dorman's original recipe calls for equal parts of each ingredient. This is where your personal taste comes in: If you're craving something a bit less sweet, try adding an extra quarter ounce of tequila.

To make a big batch of this cocktail, multiply each ingredient by the number of drinks you'd like to make, and add about 25% of the total volume in water. (Use filtered if you don't love the flavor of your tap water.) For example, to make eight portions of the drier version of the Swiss Cartel, add 8 ounces Carpano Antica, 8 ounces Gran Classico, 10 ounces reposado tequila, and 6 1/2 ounces water to a resealable 34-ounce or 1-liter jar or bottle. Refrigerate until ready to serve, then pour into individual ice-filled rocks glasses.

Recipe Details

Swiss Cartel (Tequila Negroni Cocktail) Recipe

Active 2 mins
Total 2 mins
Serves 1 serving


  • 1 ounce (30ml) Carpano Antica sweet vermouth

  • 1 ounce (30ml) Gran Classico

  • 1 to 1 1/4 ounces (30 to 37ml) reposado tequila, such as Pueblo Viejo

  • Orange twist, for garnish


  1. Add sweet vermouth, Gran Classico, and tequila to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir until well chilled, about 15 seconds.

  2. Add a large ice cube to a rocks glass. Strain cocktail into rocks glass. Express orange twist over drink and add as garnish. Serve immediately.

Special equipment

Mixing glass and cocktail strainer

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
186 Calories
0g Fat
14g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 186
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 8mg 41%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 41mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)