7 Mouthwatering New Spins on a Negroni, the Bittersweet Italian Cocktail That Spells Summer

If you're more of a rum than a gin fan, you'll definitely want to check out the Negroni recipe below.

The Negroni—that beautiful, bittersweet, reddish cocktail invented in Italy nearly a century ago—keeps winning more and more converts. And that means one thing: Bartenders can't resist the urge to tweak its classic combo of gin, vermouth and Campari. Lately, those spins are taking some decidedly original, and totally irresistible, new directions, involving everything from Cocoa Puffs to coffee. Here are seven spins on a Negroni you'll want to try asap, plus a recipe so you can test-drive one this weekend.

Where: il Porcellino, Chicago

What: Jamaican rum, 12-year rum, vermouth, Campari.

How: Il Porcellino's roster of seasonal Negronis includes this twist, made with a duo of rums instead of gin. The drink is also turning out to be popular with "guests who don't traditionally drink rum," says beverage director Julian Cox. Photo by Jeff Marini.

Jamaican Negroni recipe:

¾ oz Smith and Cross rum
¾ oz Appleton 12-year rare blend rum
1 oz Cocchi Vermouth Di Torino
3/4 oz Campari

Stir all ingredients together until properly mixed, and then strain over ice. Garnish with orange twist.