NegroniĀ Sbagliato

October 24, 2014
3 Ratings
Photo by Mark Weinberg
Author Notes

The first time I ordered a Negroni Sbagliato at a hotel bar in Rome, the bartender looked at me quizzically. I wasn't sure if my pronunciation was that bad or if, as people often tell me, I was speaking too softly. So I repeated myself and added, "With Prosecco instead of gin?" He shook his head and said, "But, my dear, that's wrong."

I soon realized that this was a joke he had told many times before: In Italian, "sbagliato" means "wrong," "messed up," or "mistaken." The twist on the classic cocktail is said to have originated when a rushed bartender making a Negroni accidentally picked up a bottle of Prosecco instead of gin. A fortunate mistake, if you ask anyone who's tried it.

A classic Negroni is equal parts gin, campari, and sweet vermouth, but feel free to add a bit more Prosecco than you would gin, if you like. I've never seen a bartender in Italy measure a Negroni, so you'll be in good company. —Julie Myers

Test Kitchen Notes

WHO: Julie Myers is a past-member of the Food52 team with a Masters in Food earned in Italy.
WHAT: A simple, subtler cousin of the classic Negroni.
HOW: Pour two of our favorite types of alcohol into a glass with ice. Stir, top with bubbly, and drink
WHY WE LOVE IT: This version of the bitter and harshly sweet Negroni replaces gin with Prosecco for a lighter, sparkling pre-dinner drink. When we close our eyes and take a sip, it almost feels like we're on the shore of Cinque Terreā€”almost. —The Editors

  • Makes 1 cocktail
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 ounce Prosecco, or more to taste
  • Ice
  • Orange peel
In This Recipe
  1. Pour the Campari and sweet vermouth into an ice-filled glass and stir. Top with Prosecco, garnish with orange peel, and serve.

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9 Reviews

cookbabycook December 27, 2020
Great for a hot summer night at Cinque Terre! Same recipe from our bartender at a cliffside bar in Vernazza but ratios were 1.5 parts each of Campari & Sweet Vermouth, plus 2 part Prosecco, over 1 or 2 ice cubes (more will kill the bubbles) and an orange slice. Perfetto!
Richard S. December 27, 2015
When I was in Italy this year--in the north--they called this a "Campari spritz."
Therese P. December 27, 2015
Seems to be a lot of versions of the Campari Spritz. Mine in Italy ( Umbria, Tuscany, Rome) this year was Campari, Prosecco & Soda, over ice. It's followed us home to Australia as a perfect Christmas/NewYear ( actually all summer long) drink. Cheers!
dymnyno June 2, 2015
I am a confirmed gin hound! I can't imagine a Negroni without gin. My favorite is #209 plus Antica vermouth.
beejay45 May 18, 2015
Think I'd switch the sweet vermouth for the prosecco. Really don't like the sweet vermouth. ;) However, I do love Campari, so this is something we will be trying. Thanks!
Lmkltk May 8, 2015
I have loved this cocktail for years! Ordering one is always a bit of a trial. . . but well worth the trouble!
Author Comment
Julie M. May 11, 2015
I agree!
AntoniaJames October 26, 2014
Wonderful story! Great looking cocktail! ;o)
Author Comment
Julie M. October 26, 2014
Thank you! Enjoy!