Negroni Sbagliato Cocktail Drink

Negroni Sbagliato

Fancy a standout cocktail? You’ve got to try this Negroni Sbagliato recipe! It’s a delicious drink, loaded with great tastes, and it’s a breeze to make.

Negroni Sbagliato Recipe

Get your hands on this simple Negroni Sbagliato recipe! Its mix of Campari, sweet vermouth, and sparkling wine creates a refreshing perfect for all occasions.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

150 kl

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz sweet Vermouth
  • 2 oz Prosecco, to top-up
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange slice or twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Old Fashioned Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Fill your Old Fashioned glass with ice cubes.
  • Pour 1 oz Campari over the ice.
  • Pour 1 oz sweet Vermouth into the glass.
  • Add 2 oz Prosecco aprox. to top up.
  • Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently.
  • Garnish with either an orange slice or orange zest (for that, express the zest on top of the glass and then drop it into the drink).

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Campari: You can use any brand of bitter aperitivo you like to make this cocktail. However, if you're not a fan of heavily bitter drinks, Aperol can be a good alternative. It's lighter but still brings that orange essence; just keep in mind that it will make you drink a little bit sweeter than the original version.
  • Sweet Vermouth: For this recipe, you can use any kind of red vermouth. Dry vermouth can be used in a pinch. It changes the character of the drink but still works. Just add a small splash of simple syrup to balance the bitterness.
  • Prosecco: Any sparkling wine will do if you don't have Prosecco on hand. I've even used champagne when I'm feeling fancy!

Making a Pitcher of Negroni Sbagliato:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 8 oz of Campari, 8 oz of sweet vermouth, and roughly 16 oz of Prosecco.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Campari and sweet vermouth. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled Old Fashioned glasses. Top each glass up with prosecco (more or less 2 ounces / 60 ml) per glass and stir gently. Garnish with an orange slice or twist, and serve immediately. If you have some leftovers in the pitcher, be sure to keep it in the fridge in an airtight container as vermouth is prone to oxidation when kept at room temperature.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Campari Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic aperitif or for bitter soft drinks such as Crodino (prefer the red one) or San Bitter. To give it an additional twist, you can also make a simple syrup infused with orange and grapefruit peels; a drop of this syrup will give your drink an extra touch of both fruitiness and bitterness.
  • Prosecco Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic sparkling wine for the fizz.
  • Sweet Vermouth Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic vermouth (Martini Vibrante for instance). These are usually widely available in liquor stores.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Wine: Some wines use animal products in the filtration process. Make sure your sweet vermouth and Prosecco are vegan-friendly. There are plenty of options available on the market.
  • Proceed As Usual: After ensuring your ingredients are vegan, follow the original steps to enjoy your vegan Negroni Sbagliato.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
150
% Daily Value*
Sodium
 
7
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
12
g
4
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Potassium
 
77
mg
2
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Calcium
 
7
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.3
mg
2
%

 

Negroni Sbagliato Cocktail Drink

Negroni Sbagliato Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Get your hands on this simple Negroni Sbagliato recipe! Its mix of Campari, sweet vermouth, and sparkling wine creates a refreshing perfect for all occasions.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 150

Ingredients
 

  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz sweet Vermouth
  • 2 oz Prosecco - to top-up
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange slice or twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Old Fashioned Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Fill your Old Fashioned glass with ice cubes.
  • Pour 1 oz Campari over the ice.
  • Pour 1 oz sweet Vermouth into the glass.
  • Add 2 oz Prosecco aprox. to top up.
  • Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently.
  • Garnish with either an orange slice or orange zest (for that, express the zest on top of the glass and then drop it into the drink).

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Campari: You can use any brand of bitter aperitivo you like to make this cocktail. However, if you're not a fan of heavily bitter drinks, Aperol can be a good alternative. It's lighter but still brings that orange essence; just keep in mind that it will make you drink a little bit sweeter than the original version.
  • Sweet Vermouth: For this recipe, you can use any kind of red vermouth. Dry vermouth can be used in a pinch. It changes the character of the drink but still works. Just add a small splash of simple syrup to balance the bitterness.
  • Prosecco: Any sparkling wine will do if you don't have Prosecco on hand. I've even used champagne when I'm feeling fancy!

Making a Pitcher of Negroni Sbagliato:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 8 oz of Campari, 8 oz of sweet vermouth, and roughly 16 oz of Prosecco.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Campari and sweet vermouth. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled Old Fashioned glasses. Top each glass up with prosecco (more or less 2 ounces / 60 ml) per glass and stir gently. Garnish with an orange slice or twist, and serve immediately. If you have some leftovers in the pitcher, be sure to keep it in the fridge in an airtight container as vermouth is prone to oxidation when kept at room temperature.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Campari Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic aperitif or for bitter soft drinks such as Crodino (prefer the red one) or San Bitter. To give it an additional twist, you can also make a simple syrup infused with orange and grapefruit peels; a drop of this syrup will give your drink an extra touch of both fruitiness and bitterness.
  • Prosecco Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic sparkling wine for the fizz.
  • Sweet Vermouth Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic vermouth (Martini Vibrante for instance). These are usually widely available in liquor stores.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Wine: Some wines use animal products in the filtration process. Make sure your sweet vermouth and Prosecco are vegan-friendly. There are plenty of options available on the market.
  • Proceed As Usual: After ensuring your ingredients are vegan, follow the original steps to enjoy your vegan Negroni Sbagliato.

What is a Negroni Sbagliato?

A Negroni Sbagliato is a sparkling wine-based cocktail made of Campari, sweet vermouth, and Prosecco. This drink isn’t complicated to make; it combines equal parts of Campari and sweet vermouth over ice in a glass, then topping it off with Prosecco.

The Negroni Sbagliato is a variant of the classic Negroni cocktail. The word “Sbagliato” means “mistaken” in Italian – this version was reportedly created by accident when a bartender used sparkling wine instead of gin while making the traditional recipe.

Interestingly enough, despite being considered an error initially, many people now prefer the Sbagliato for its lighter alcohol content and refreshing taste compared to its gin-based counterpart. It’s proof that sometimes mistakes can lead to delightful outcomes!

A side shot of a Negroni Sbagliato cocktail in an old fashioned glass on a wooden tray surrounded by a jigger, a bar spoon and a bowl with orange wedges.

What is a Negroni Sbagliato made of – The ingredients

For the creation of a Negroni Sbagliato, you need these ingredients:

  • Campari: This Italian aperitif gives the Negroni Sbagliato its distinctive bitter and herbal edge.
  • Sweet Vermouth: A fortified wine, sweet vermouth adds depth and complexity to the cocktail with its rich, herbal and slightly spicy flavors.
  • Prosecco: This sparkling Italian wine replaces the traditional gin in a Negroni Sbagliato, lightening the drink and adding a festive fizz.
  • Orange Slice or Twist: Used as a garnish, it enhances the cocktail’s aroma and adds a touch of citrusy freshness.

Campari, sweet Vermouth and Prosecco laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Negroni Sbagliato?

Create your own Negroni Sbagliato by following our user-friendly steps.

1
<p>Begin by filling a rocks glass with a generous amount of ice cubes.</p>

Begin by filling a rocks glass with a generous amount of ice cubes.

2
<p>Add one ounce of Campari to the glass. Campari is a bitter Italian liqueur that gives the Negroni Sbagliato its distinctive bitter edge.</p>

Add one ounce of Campari to the glass. Campari is a bitter Italian liqueur that gives the Negroni Sbagliato its distinctive bitter edge.

3
<p>Pour one ounce of sweet vermouth into the glass. Sweet vermouth is a fortified wine that adds a rich, herbal sweetness to the cocktail.</p>

Pour one ounce of sweet vermouth into the glass. Sweet vermouth is a fortified wine that adds a rich, herbal sweetness to the cocktail.

4
<p>Top the glass off with more or less two ounces of Prosecco. Prosecco is a sparkling Italian wine that adds a light, bubbly texture to the cocktail.</p>

Top the glass off with more or less two ounces of Prosecco. Prosecco is a sparkling Italian wine that adds a light, bubbly texture to the cocktail.

5
<p>Use a bar spoon to stir gently and combine all the ingredients.</p>

Use a bar spoon to stir gently and combine all the ingredients.

6
<p>Garnish with either an orange slice or orange zest. If you choose to go with this second option, express the zest on top of the glass and then drop it into the drink. This not only adds a pop of color to the cocktail, but the citrus notes complement the bitter and sweet flavors of the drink.</p>

Garnish with either an orange slice or orange zest. If you choose to go with this second option, express the zest on top of the glass and then drop it into the drink. This not only adds a pop of color to the cocktail, but the citrus notes complement the bitter and sweet flavors of the drink.

History and Origin of the Negroni Sbagliato

The Negroni Sbagliato has a fun story that starts in Milan, Italy. ‘Sbagliato’ means ‘mistaken’ or ‘wrong’ in Italian, and this drink accidentally came about.

In the 1970s, Mirko Stocchetto worked at the famous Bar Basso in Milan. He was great at making cocktails. One busy night, he made a traditional Negroni – a mix of gin, vermouth rosso, and Campari. Instead of grabbing the gin, he accidentally picked up a bottle of sparkling wine.

He mixed the ingredients without noticing his mistake and gave it to a customer. The customer loved this new drink. The bubbly wine added a fresh twist to the strong flavors of the original Negroni. Soon, people heard about this ‘mistaken Negroni’ and started ordering this new version.

A Negroni Sbagliato cocktail, shot from above, in an old fashioned glass on a beige surface surrounded by Campari, sweet Vermouth and Prosecco

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FAQ

How many calories does a Negroni Sbagliato contain?
A standard serving of Negroni Sbagliato contains approximately 150 calories. However, this can vary slightly depending on the specific brands of alcohol used.
How strong is a Negroni Sbagliato?
The strength of a Negroni Sbagliato is typically around 14% ABV (Alcohol by Volume), which translates to 28 proof. This makes it less potent than many other cocktails, including the classic Negroni, due to using Prosecco instead of gin.
What type of alcohol is used in a Negroni Sbagliato?
A traditional Negroni Sbagliato uses three main ingredients: sweet vermouth, Campari, and Prosecco. The Prosecco replaces the gin found in a classic Negroni, giving the drink its distinctive taste and lower alcohol content.
In what type of glass is a Negroni Sbagliato served?
Typically, you'll find a Negroni Sbagliato served in an old-fashioned or rocks glass. These glasses are perfect for showcasing the vibrant color and allowing room for ice.
What does a Negroni Sbagliato taste like?
A Negroni Sbagliato offers a unique blend of flavors. The sweet vermouth provides a rich sweetness, while the Campari adds a bitter edge. The Prosecco brings effervescence and lightness to the drink, creating a balanced and refreshing cocktail.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Negroni Sbagliato?
The ratio for making a Negroni Sbagliato is simple: 1 part sweet vermouth, 1 part Campari and 2 part Prosecco. This usually means one ounce of each ingredient, but you can adjust to taste.
How is a Negroni Sbagliato served?
A Negroni Sbagliato is typically served over ice. This helps to chill the drink and slightly dilute the strong flavors, making it more refreshing.

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