Sbagliato (pronounced sba-glia-to) in Italian literally translates to ‘mistaken’ and this aptly describes how this cocktail was developed. In Milan’s famous Bar Basso in the early 1970s, a bartender accidentally substituted the gin that is associated with a classic Negroni for a sparkling white wine. This unintended experiment yielded surprisingly positive results. As a spritzy twist on Italy’s most iconic cocktail, the Negroni Sbagliato makes the perfect aperitivo. The sharp bite of the bittersweet Campari & Vermouth combination is perfectly counterbalanced by the crisp, effervescent spumante.
Negroni Sbagliato Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
- 25ml Campari
- 25ml Sweet Vermouth
- Prosecco (or your preferred sparkling white wine)
- 1 Orange Slice, to garnish
- Pour the Campari and sweet vermouth into a lowball glass
- Add the ice cubes (if you want to emulate Bar Basso serve with a single, giant, rectangular ice cube)
- Top with Prosecco, pouring gently to avoid excessive fizzing
- Stir contents together and garnish with the slice of orange
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