Since it’s Negroni Week, it only felt right to serve up a variation on the classic for my final blog post of the week. This is the Negroni Sbagliato. In Italian, “sbagliato” means wrong or mistaken.
Apparently, this clever little concoction came to be when a harried bartender grabbed a bottle of Prosecco instead of gin when rushing to make a Negroni. And hence, this happy little accident came to be known as the Negroni Sbagliato.
Since Prosecco has a much lower ABV than the usual base spirit of gin, this is a much lighter and easier drinking twist on the classic. As a result, I often top it off with more than an ounce of Prosecco, it’s always a rude awakening when you discover the bottom of your glass sooner than you anticipated.
Also, a great option for those who don’t like gin.
I think we can all agree that making friends as a grown-up isn’t quite as easy as it was when we were kids. About a decade ago, I was working at my first real job after graduating from my master’s degree and wanted to strike up a friendship with my coworker Erin.
We’d met previously through a mutual friend but I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t remember that prior interaction and said, “Nice to meet you,” like a classic fool. Erin was quick to correct me and I promptly swallowed my own foot.
In spite of that awkward beginning, I eventually struck up a friendship with Erin and was ready to take things to the next level: I invited her to my house.
Obviously, this is well before I’d started this here blog but I’ve always had a passion for entertaining and wanted to impress. She came over and I served up a classic Ramos Gin Fizz.
For the uninitiated, the Ramos Gin Fizz is a classic cocktail hailing from New Orleans that involves gin, egg white, cream, lemon and lime juices, orange blossom water, and simple syrup. It’s a real milkshake of a cocktail.
After minutes of double-shaking this cocktail to get the egg white nice and frothy to impress Erin, I served it up to her and we made ourselves comfortable on the couch.
A few minutes passed and I noticed Erin had barely touched her drink. That’s when it struck me: Erin HATES gin, as she had previously mentioned to me, and again, like a classic fool, I had to apologize profusely for my less than stellar memory.
I’ve never made that mistake again and am pleased to say that Erin and I are still great friends, nearly a decade later. She doesn’t love Negronis (for obvious reasons) but maybe I can convince her to try the Sbagliato.
- 1 oz Campari
- 1 oz sweet vermouth
- 1-2 oz Prosecco
- 1 orange twist, garnish
Stir Campari and sweet vermouth over ice in a mixing glass. Strain into a rocks glass over one large cube. Top with Prosecco and briefly stir.
Express the orange twist into the glass and rub it around the inside rim before dropping it into the glass.
Glad you and Erin are still pals. I love a Negroni Sbagliato and will be making one tonight I hope.