Negroni Sbagliato


The drinking world is rife with Negroni variations. In fact, the Negroni itself was a variation on the Americano. It transformed the spritzy Highball into a strong, stirred lowball. But while most riffs off the Negroni simply swap in another full-proof spirit for the gin (such as the Boulevardier, which calls for whiskey) or change out the sweet vermouth and Campari for other modifiers (as is the case with the White Negroni), the Negroni Sbagliato is something different. Somehow, somewhere (most likely in Italy at the famed bar Basso), a bartender in the process of making a Negroni mistook a bottle of Prosecco for gin, and the Negroni Sbagliato was born. (“Sbagliato” means “messed up.”)

The accident didn’t entirely break from the Negroni family tree—the Sbagliato is a lot like the original Americano, subbing the soda for sparkling wine. But unlike the Americano, which calls for a generous topper of fizzy water, the Sbagliato only uses an ounce of bubbles, keeping the cocktail short and concentrated. In these proportions, the sparkling wine brightens the cocktail’s underlying flavors without watering down the sweet vermouth or Campari too much. The ultimate brunch cocktail, this spritzy variation on a Negroni is light, subtly bitter and refreshingly effervescent.

Recommended Sweet Vermouths: Dolin Rouge Sweet Vermouth, Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth, Cocchi Americano di Torino, Cinzano 1757 Rosso Vermouth

Recommended Sparkling Wine: Mionetto Prosecco Brut, Martini & Rossi Prosecco, Da Luca Prosecco

Negroni Sbagliato

Bitter, Dry


  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1 oz sparkling wine
  • orange twist


Step one

In a mixing glass, add the sweet vermouth, Campari and ice.

Step two

Stir and strain into a rocks glass.

Step three

Add ice and top with sparkling wine.

Step four

Garnish with a swath of orange zest.

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