Thanks to social media the Negroni Sbagliato is back on the menu! Well, it never really left but thanks to the TikTokers, Twitterers and Insta people a new generation have become enlightened. Read on to discover the original recipe of a Negroni Sbagliato...


What is a Negroni Sbagliato?

Negroni Sbagliato cocktail

The Negroni Sbagliato is a classic Italian cocktail made Campari, sweet vermouth and Prosecco. It's a variation on the traditional Negroni, which originally uses gin. With the Spagliato, the gin is replaced with Prosecco giving it a lighter, acidic flavour.


Negroni Sbagliato recipe

Thankfully the recipe is a very simple one to source and make. Here's what you'll need...

  • 20ml prosecco (or dry sparkling wine)

  • 20ml Campari

  • 20ml sweet vermouth

  • Orange peel or orange slice (garnish)


Method - 3 steps

Once you've got the ingredients, it's time to start making this bad boy. You only need to follow 3 steps, super simple!

Step 1

Get your glass ready. For Negronis you'll need to have a tumbler-type glass, similar to an Old Fashioned glass. Now, you've got your glass, fill it with 1 scoop of cubed ice.

Step 2

Now, grab a mixing glass with ice and add the Campari and sweet vermouth. Gently stir for around 30 seconds each way around the glass. A bar spoon will best complete this job.

Step 3

Once it's all stirred up, pour the mixture into your chosen glass. Top with the Prosecco (or sparkling wine) and garnish with an orange slice or peel.

You have successfully made a Negroni Sbagliato! Enjoy...


Negroni Sbagliato history

Negroni Sbagliato with orange slice

Unfortunately, this story doesn't include the creator of the Classic Negroni recipe, Count Negroni, way back in 1919. However, it's still pretty interesting!

The Negroni Sbagliato cocktail didn’t exist until the late 1980s, when a bartender in Milan’s Bar Basso accidentally poured prosecco into his Negroni cocktail instead of gin. But, before he had a chance to remake the cocktail, the customer was already a huge fan.

As a result, the Negroni ‘Sbagliato’ (meaning “mistake” in Italian) became a big hit, and is still served in Bar Basso today!

Lighter and more refreshing than a Classic Negroni with gin, the Sbagliato makes the ideal daytime cocktail (much like its citrusy cousin, the White Negroni).

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