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The Negroni Sbagliato: A Delightful Twist on a Classic

Experience the blend of traditional and bubbly, promising an unforgettable sip with Negroni Sbagliato Cocktail recipe!

October 12, 2023
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Difficulty Easy
Servings people
Preparation 5 mins
Cooking 0 mins
Total 5 mins


  • 1 ounce of prosecco
  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth (rosso)
  • Orange slice or twist, for garnish
  • Ice cubes


  1. Prepare the Glass: In a chilled old-fashioned or rocks glass, add a few ice cubes.
  2. Mix all Ingredients: Pour the Campari and sweet vermouth over the ice.
  3. Top with Bubbly: Gently top with Prosecco or your choice of sparkling wine. Be careful not to overfill the glass.
  4. Garnish the Glass: Garnish the cocktail with an orange slice or twist.
  5. Serve and Enjoy: Give the Negroni Sbagliato a gentle stir. Ensure all ingredients meld together, then savor every sip!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Negroni Sbagliato Cocktail
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Sodium 5 mg0.2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Use a high-quality Prosecco or sparkling wine. The better the bubbles, the better the cocktail.
  • Pour the Prosecco slowly to maintain its effervescence.
  • Always use a chilled glass for the best experience. This helps to ehance the flavors and ensure the drink remains cold. For more, check out our ‘Types of Drinking Glasses’ article.
  • For a slightly less bitter taste, adjust the Campari ratio to your liking.
  • Use large ice cubes. They melt slower, ensuring your cocktail remains chilled without dilution for a longer time.
  • Use a wide orange peel twist. Express its oils over the drink by squeezing and then rub it around the rim for an extra aroma.
  • Be attentive to the ratios. Too much of any ingredient can overshadow the others, disrupting the cocktail's harmony.
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Imagine sipping on a cocktail that combines the boldness of a traditional Negroni with the light effervescence of sparkling wine. Negroni Sbagliato cocktail, a delightful twist on the classic Negroni that adds a spark to your glass. Originally born from a happy accident in Italy, this cocktail promises both familiarity and a bubbly surprise.

What Is a Negroni Sbagliato?

A Negroni Sbagliato is a variation of the classic Negroni cocktail. The name "Sbagliato" means "mistaken" or "bungled" in Italian, referencing the accidental nature of its creation. In this version, Prosecco or another sparkling wine is used in place of the gin that's found in the traditional Negroni, resulting in a lighter and more effervescent drink.

The ingredients for a Negroni Sbagliato are:

  • Campari
  • Sweet vermouth
  • Prosecco or another sparkling wine

The combination of Campari's bitter notes, the sweetness of the vermouth, and the bubbly effervescence of the Prosecco makes the Negroni Sbagliato a refreshing and unique cocktail, especially appreciated as an aperitif.

What Is The Difference Between A Negroni Spritz And A Negroni Sbagliato?

Both the Negroni Spritz and the Negroni Sbagliato are variations of the classic Negroni cocktail. The key differences between them are their ingredients and presentation.

Negroni Sbagliato:

  • Origins: As previously mentioned, the Negroni Sbagliato was born out of a happy accident at Bar Basso in Milan when a bartender mistakenly used Prosecco instead of gin while preparing a Negroni.
  • Ingredients: Campari, sweet vermouth, and Prosecco or another sparkling wine are used to make Negroni Sbagliato.
  • Profile: The Sbagliato maintains the bitter and sweet flavors of the original Negroni but is lighter in alcohol and has a bubbly effervescence due to the Prosecco.

Negroni Spritz:

  • Origins: The Negroni Spritz takes inspiration from both the classic Negroni and the popular Italian aperitivo, the Aperol Spritz. It's a more deliberate fusion of the two iconic drinks.
  • Ingredients: A typical Negroni Spritz might include gin, Campari, sweet vermouth, sparkling wine or soda water. Sometimes a splash of Aperolcan be used for added sweetness and a hint of orange flavor.
  • Profile: The addition of sparkling wine or soda water gives it effervescence. It might be slightly less bitter than a traditional Negroni due to the dilution or the addition of Aperol.

While both drinks introduce sparkling elements to the classic Negroni, the key difference is in the alcohol base. The Negroni Sbagliato cocktail uses Prosecco in place of gin, whereas the Negroni Spritz typically includes gin and is lightened with sparkling wine or soda water, and possibly sweetened slightly with Aperol. Both variations offer a refreshing twist on the classic. This makes them perfect for warm-weather sipping or as an aperitif.

What Is Negroni Sbagliato with Prosecco?

The term "Negroni Sbagliato" directly translates to "Mistaken Negroni" or "Wrong Negroni" in English. The story behind its creation suggests that it was indeed made with Prosecco. According to popular lore, the drink was accidentally invented at Bar Basso in Milan in the 1970s when the bartender, Mirko Stocchetto, mistakenly grabbed a bottle of Prosecco instead of gin while making a Negroni. Instead of discarding the drink, he served it, and it became a hit. This "mistake" led to the birth of the Negroni Sbagliato. The cocktail combines the classic Negroni ingredients of Campari and sweet vermouth, but swaps out the gin for Prosecco, resulting in a bubbly and lighter version of the original.

What To Serve with a Negroni Sbagliato Cocktail?

Negroni Sbagliato, a delightful Italian cocktail, pairs with a variety of appetizers and snacks. This cocktail can be served with Italian foods such as bruschetta, or caprese skewers. Potato chips or taralli pair well with this bitter-sweet, bubbly drink.

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History of Negroni Sbagliato

The Negroni Sbagliato holds an intriguing tale of a fortunate mistake behind its creation. The word "sbagliato" in Italian translates to "mistaken" or "wrong," which is a nod to its accidental inception. It's said that at the Bar Basso in Milan during the 1970s, a bartender mistakenly grabbed a bottle of Prosecco instead of gin while preparing a classic Negroni. Instead of discarding it, the drink was served, and much to everyone’s surprise, the result was a lighter, effervescent, and refreshing twist on the beloved classic. This delightful blunder is a testament to the beauty of experimentation in the world of cocktails.

The Legacy of Negroni and Its Variations

The classic Negroni, with its trifecta of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth, has paved the way for numerous variations, with the Negroni Sbagliato being one of its most renowned offsprings. Such adaptations, like the Sbagliato, underscore the cocktail's versatility and the creativity it inspires. As the global cocktail culture continues to evolve, it's exciting to see how bartenders reinvent classics, bringing forth new flavors and experiences. Whether you're a purist or an adventurer, there's a Negroni – be it traditional or "mistaken" – for every palate.

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