Negroni Sbagliato

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Cocktail History

The Negroni Sbagliato is a modern cocktail that was created in 1972 by bartender Mirko Stocchetto at Bar Basso in Milan, Italy. It’s a simple variation of the classic Negroni that is said to have been first made when Stocchetto accidentally grabbed a bottle of sparkling wine instead of gin.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Sparkling Wine: This is the base spirit. This recipe specifically calls for Prosecco, a sparkling white wine made in Italy, so we used La Marca Prosecco for its crisp, refreshing taste and floral notes. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Gruvi Non-Alcoholic Prosecco in place of the wine.

Campari: This is a bitter Italian liqueur made with herbs, aromatic plants, fruit, alcohol, and water. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Giffard Aperitif Syrup in place of the Campari.

Sweet Vermouth: This is a fortified wine that adds sweetness. We used Noilly Prat Sweet Vermouth for its spicy notes and fruity flavor. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Apéritif Rosso in place of the sweet vermouth.

Orange Slice: This is the garnish. It adds fresh orange aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Negroni Sbagliato starts with the bittersweet orange aroma of the typical Negroni paired with a hint of effervescent wine, and it has a bracingly cold sip that combines vermouth’s dark sweetness and the herbal, bitter bite of the liqueur with an airy grape note that all goes down with a lingering bitterness and a bubbly tingle in the throat.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Kendall found a winner! Since sparkling wine is already one of her favorite beverages, she found that it made the classic recipe all the better, and though Alex does still prefers the original, he agreed that this definitely deserves a place in your Negroni Week lineup.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“As someone who loves Negronis, I do have to say that while I really enjoy this, I didn’t like it as much as its predecessor. Similar to its cousin the Aperol Spritz, it finds a good balance between lightness and herbal bitterness, and here I find that the bite of the Campari shines through a bit more than it does in the Negroni. While I like the bitterness, it is a bit bracing in this recipe; losing that herbal accompaniment of gin makes a pretty big difference to the overall flavor. That said, if I’m looking for a larger format, light, and effervescent drink in place of my Negroni (and if I’m not feeling like the sweetness of an Aperol Spritz), I would absolutely turn to this.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐
“Of the Negroni variations, this one takes top prize for top ones I’ve liked so far. Sparkling wine is up there on my list of favorite ingredients for cocktails in general, and when paired with the bitter flavors of a Negroni, it does a good job of making the drink fairly palatable. This was still pretty bitter even with the added sweetness of the wine, so I’m not likely to request it again. But I appreciated what this recipe has to offer. If you are less experienced with trying cocktails and drink these often enough over the course of a year, you’ll probably find yourself able to sip on an Americano or the Negroni itself eventually.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Essential Cocktail Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Drinks by the editors of PUNCH and Megan Krigbaum.

AuthorThe Essential Cocktail BookPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 3 oz Prosecco
 1 oz Campari
 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
 1 Orange Twist

Method
1

Add Campari, sweet vermouth, and ice to a highball glass.

2

Stir gently for 5-7 seconds.

3

Top with Prosecco.

4

Garnish with orange twist.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 3 oz Prosecco
 1 oz Campari
 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
 1 Orange Twist

Directions

Method
1

Add Campari, sweet vermouth, and ice to a highball glass.

2

Stir gently for 5-7 seconds.

3

Top with Prosecco.

4

Garnish with orange twist.

Negroni Sbagliato

Make It a Mocktail: Use Gruvi Non-Alcoholic Prosecco in place of the wine, Giffard Aperitif Syrup in place of the Campari, and Lyre’s Apéritif Rosso in place of the sweet vermouth to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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More Campari Cocktails

If you like this Campari cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Jungle Bird Cocktail Recipe

Jungle Bird: A rum cocktail made with Campari, lime juice, simple syrup, pineapple juice, and a lime wheel

Old Pal Cocktail Recipe

Old Pal: A whiskey cocktail made with dry vermouth, Campari, and an orange twist

Garibaldi Cocktail Recipe

Garibaldi: A Campari cocktail made with orange juice and an orange slice

Rhubarb & Gingerbread Negroni Cocktail Recipe

Rhubarb & Gingerbread Negroni: A gin cocktail made with Campari, sweet vermouth, gingerbread syrup, and an orange peel

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