Classic Negroni Sbagliato Cocktail Recipe

We all know a classic negroni cocktail as a simple, bitter, and strong equal-parts ratio of gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari. Sbagliato, in Italian, means "mistake" and is the namesake of the negroni sbagliato because of its origins. According to Difford's Guide, the sbagliato was created in the 1980s by Mirko Stocchetti at Milan's Bar Basso after he mistakenly poured sparkling wine in place of gin for a customer's classic negroni. The result? A new, effervescent drink, aptly named for its origins but delicious on its own.

The negroni sbagliato rose to popularity recently the way any modern culinary creation does: via TikTok. A jovial interview between "House of the Dragon" stars Olivia Cooke and Emma D'Arcy found its way to viral fame thanks to the harmless question posed: What's your drink of choice? "A negroni," D'Arcy quickly responded before adding coyly, "sbagliato," smiling knowingly before finishing their answer: "with prosecco." We can assume they were simply clarifying what, exactly, the unusual sbagliato specification meant, but the internet took the alluring soundbite by storm and in no time, negroni sbagliatos were everywhere –- and always with prosecco.

This cocktail is fun to make, easy to riff, and sneakily strong. You can keep it classic with equal parts of each spirit, or pour the bubbly to the top for a lighter, spritz-like taste. It can be served on the rocks or up in a flute and garnished with any citrus you have on hand. Our recommendation? A ruby red blood orange.

Gather your negroni sbagliato ingredients

There are many ways to make a negroni sbagliato, including using club soda, lemon juice, and sugar. The classic recipe, however, is a simple riff on a negroni, replacing the gin for sparkling wine. Any sparkling wine will do, but if you're like Emma D'Arcy, prosecco is absolutely the way to go. Besides prosecco, you'll just need Campari and vermouth rosso (also known as sweet red vermouth). Too bitter for your liking? Try it with a splash of simple syrup.

Pour in the base spirits

You can make this drink with or without ice, depending on your preference. Ice will chill the drink and slightly dilute the spirits, which we recommend if you want to taste more prosecco and less Campari. If making the drink on the rocks, fill a glass with ice and pour the vermouth and Campari over the top. Stir gently for just a few spins to chill and mix the spirits.

Top with prosecco

This is where you can make this drink your own: Use any sparkling wine and start with an equal-parts 1 ounce pour. If you want more bubbly, top up the drink with more bubbles. If serving the drink up (i.e. without ice), we recommend pouring slightly more than an ounce to top up the glass.

Garnish and serve your sbagliato

Garnish the drink with your favorite citrus. We recommend oranges, blood oranges, or even grapefruit to pair with the bitter Campari, but lemons and limes work, too. We love the sweet flavor of a whole slice of citrus here, but feel free to use the rind on its own to amplify the flavors of the spirits.

When does one drink a negroni sbagliato? Good question. We like it as a before-dinner aperitif cocktail to help stimulate the appetite and pair the drink with salty nuts, oily fish appetizers like sardines, and sharp cheeses.

Have you tried the viral sparkling cocktail yet? Now's the time!

Classic Negroni Sbagliato Cocktail Recipe
5 from 23 ratings
"House of the Dragon" star Emma D'Arcy famously loves a negroni sbagliato (with prosecco), and we have a feeling you will, too.
Prep Time
3
minutes
Cook Time
0
minutes
Servings
1
Cocktail
negroni sbagliato on table
Total time: 3 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce sweet red vermouth
  • 1 ounce prosecco (or more, to taste)
  • blood orange, orange, or lemon slice, for garnish
Directions
  1. Fill a low ball glass with ice if serving on the rocks, or grab a champagne flute if serving up. Pour Campari and vermouth over ice or into flute. Stir gently for 5 stirs.
  2. Pour in prosecco, topping glass with more if desired.
  3. Garnish glass with a citrus slice.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 121
Total Fat 0.0 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Trans Fat 0.0
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 3.9 g
Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
Total Sugars 2.4 g
Sodium 3.1 mg
Protein 0.2 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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