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Best Negroni Sbagliato Recipe

Best Negroni Sbagliato Recipe

Best Negroni Sbagliato Recipe

There are dozens of variations of the classic Negroni, and one of the best stories surrounding Negroni riffs has to be the accident of how the Sbagliato Negroni came about. But we'll get to that soon.


There is an Italian saying that goes: squadra che vince non si cambia which translates to "don't change a winning team." In this instance, the winning team we are referring to is the Negroni cocktail, the most popular cocktail in Italy for decades. The Negroni is a simple cocktail and composed of just Campari, Gin, and Sweet Vermouth in equal parts. The Negroni is such a famous cocktail that even when a historic accident occurred, and the Negroni cocktail was modified, that accident resulted in a new, almost equally popular drink (In Italy at least), and the Negroni Sbagliato cocktail was born.


Sbagliato translates to incorrect, and the story goes that this variation of the Negroni was invented in the early 1970s when Mirko Stocchetto, a bar owner in Milan, mistook a bottle of sparkling wine for a Gin bottle while preparing a classic Negroni at Bar Basso. Fifty years later and the Negroni riff is still as popular as ever. The Sbagliato showed bartenders around the globe that the perfect ingredients to create a twist on a classic Negroni could be found almost anywhere. The simplicity of the Negroni recipe and the ease in finding the ingredients all around the world is part of what also keeps it a favorite for bartenders and drinkers alike. 


The Negroni Sbagliato riff has enjoyed even greater popularity amid the spritz mania of recent years. The Negroni Sbagliato seems to occupy the middle ground between a Negroni and a Splitz. The Negroni Sbagliato has much less sparkling wine than a Splitz, and it's pleasantly more bitter and alcoholic than a spritz. The Negroni Sbagliato is the perfect crossover cocktail option for those looking to go from a Spritz to classic Negroni as it's easier to sip than a classic Negroni as lack of Gin and the sparkling of the Prosecco a softer tastes. No matter what your preference is, you are bound to be pleased by the tastes of each of these classic and globally popular cocktails. 



  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • Small handful of assorted seasonal fruit
  • 1 Ounce prosecco (depending on preference)
  • Garnish: grated cinnamon


  1. Add the vermouth and liqueur to a glass and add large ice cubes.
  2. Add the fruit and top up with prosecco.
  3. Stir gently and garnish with freshly grated cinnamon.


If you are looking for more Negroni recipes to try out then check out some of the other Negroni cocktail recipes below.

Classic Negroni

Mezcal Negroni

Negroni Sbagliato

White Negroni

Dutch Negroni

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