A Negroni Sbagliato With Prosecco In It

I have always been a fan of classic cocktails, but there is one drink that holds a special place in my heart – the Negroni Sbagliato. This delightful variation of the classic Negroni adds a …

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I have always been a fan of classic cocktails, but there is one drink that holds a special place in my heart – the Negroni Sbagliato. This delightful variation of the classic Negroni adds a touch of sparkling prosecco to the mix, resulting in a lighter and more refreshing twist on the original.

As an avid cocktail enthusiast, I have experimented with countless variations of the Negroni, but the Negroni Sbagliato has quickly become one of my all-time favorites. The word “sbagliato” means “wrong” in Italian, but trust me, there is nothing wrong about the combination of Campari, sweet vermouth, and prosecco.

The Negroni Sbagliato is believed to have been created by accident in the 1970s when a busy bartender mistakenly grabbed a bottle of prosecco instead of gin. Instead of starting over, he decided to go with it and thus, the Negroni Sbagliato was born. Since then, it has gained popularity among cocktail connoisseurs for its unique and effervescent flavor.

The Perfect Recipe

Creating the perfect Negroni Sbagliato requires just a few simple ingredients:

  1. 1 part Campari
  2. 1 part sweet vermouth
  3. 1 part prosecco
  4. Orange twist, for garnish

Start by filling a rocks glass with ice cubes. Then, pour equal parts Campari and sweet vermouth over the ice. Give it a quick stir to combine the flavors. Finally, top it off with a generous pour of prosecco. The bubbles from the prosecco add a delightful effervescence to the cocktail.

To garnish your Negroni Sbagliato, simply twist a piece of orange peel over the glass to release its fragrant oils, and then drop it into the drink. The citrusy aroma of the orange complements the bitter sweetness of the Campari perfectly.

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My Personal Touch

While the traditional Negroni Sbagliato is a true delight on its own, I love to add a personal touch to make it even more special. One of my favorite variations is to muddle a few fresh strawberries in the glass before adding the ice and other ingredients. The muddled strawberries add a subtle sweetness that pairs beautifully with the bitter notes of the Campari.

Another variation I enjoy is to use a flavored prosecco, such as a peach or raspberry-infused one. This adds an extra layer of complexity and enhances the fruity flavors in the cocktail.


The Negroni Sbagliato is a cocktail that combines tradition, creativity, and a touch of “mistake” to create a truly memorable drink. Whether you stick to the classic recipe or add your own personal twist, this delightful concoction is sure to impress both cocktail enthusiasts and those new to the world of mixology. So, raise a glass and cheers to the Negroni Sbagliato – a refreshingly “wrong” drink that just feels so right.

John has been a hobbyist winemaker for several years, with a few friends who are winery owners. He writes mostly about winemaking topics for newer home vintners.
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