Learn how to make this easy three-ingredient prosecco cocktail. The Negroni Sbagliato is a perfect end of summer or early fall drink to serve at your next soiree.
ABOUT THE COCKTAIL
Cocktails are a fun way to elevate the everyday; however, I’m not a master mixologist (at least, not yet). So what is a girl to do if she’s craving a cocktail, but wants to Netflix and chill rather than leaving her home. Or better yet, serve cocktails at her next party to mix it up. It’s easy to default to wine, so serving a cocktail, even a simple one can be unexpected and fun. There are several cocktail recipes that one could use. For example, a gin and tonic, which is a great classic choice for summer or if you’re more advanced a classic martini. However, in my opinion, the Negroni Sbagliato suits my skill level and taste buds just fine. I first learned about this cocktail while visiting The Beekman, a hotel in lower Manhattan with a fabulously designed cocktail bar, over the holidays with my younger brother.
This cocktail simply substitutes the usual gin that one finds in a Negroni with prosecco, which is poured over a mixture of Campari and sweet vermouth – three ingredients and you’re done! In doing my research, I also learned that “sbagliato” translates from Italian as “wrong, full of mistakes, or erroneous.” Essentially, this drink is a “broken” Negroni, so it’s suitable for even the most novice of mixologists. Another great thing about this cocktail is that it can be served as a punch so that you’re not spending your entire evening making cocktails rather than socializing with your guests.
A BIT ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS
Before we get into the actual recipe, I want to give you guys a little background on the components of this cocktail. I don’t know about you, but I always like learning about what’s actually in the drinks or food I’m enjoying. While most of you know what prosecco is, I still get confused on the differences between bitters, apertifs, digestifs, etc. in the world of cocktail making so I thought the above list would be helpful to all of you as well.
SERVING THE COCKTAIL
This cocktail can be served in either a champagne flute or an old-fashioned glass. I went with the old-fashioned glass here as they are a bit sturdier. Additionally, I used blood orange slices for garnish. If you are opting for the champagne flute, I would use some of the peel for garnish instead. Further, if you are going with a punch bowl version of this cocktail, you could slice up the blood oranges and put them directly in the bowl. In choosing my serverware and decor, I was inspired by the deep red color of the Campari, and used gold, black, and white items that had an art deco feel. The tray and cocktail swizzles can be found at CB2 and the old-fashioned glasses were purchased at Home Goods, but there are great options on Amazon as well (scroll to the bottom to shop the post – please note this post contains affiliate links so I may earn a small commission if you purchase an item; however, this does not impact the price that you pay).
Manners & Manhattans Tip: To elevate your tablescape, add fresh flowers. You don’t even need to break the bank. I actually found nice bouquets at Trader Joe’s for $5.99 each. I then arranged them in my own vases.
A simple prosecco cocktail made with Campari and Martini & Rossi Sweet Vermouth
- 1.5 ounces Martini & Rossi sweet vermouth
- 1.5 ounces Campari
- 1.5 ounces chilled prosecco
Mix the vermouth and Campari in a glass filed with ice and stir with a cocktail swizzle to combine
Strain the mixture into a champagne flute and top with prosecco
Add orange peel to garnish
Mix the vermouth and Campari in an old-fashioned glass and stir with a cocktail swizzle
Add a large ice cube
Top with prosecco
Add orange slices to garnish
You don't have to be precise when adding the prosecco to the top. Additionally, I used Mionetto Prosecco and thought it worked very well for this cocktail. Any oranges will work; however, I prefer blood oranges for their extra vibrant/deeper coloring.
A large format version of this simple prosecco cocktail
- 750 mL chilled Campari
- 750 mL chilled Martini & Rossi Sweet Vermouth
- 750 mL chilled prosecco
Pour into a large punch bowl over a block of ice
Add orange slices for garnish
750 mL is the standard size of a wine bottle. For the sweet vermouth, you may need two bottles - when I went shopping, I was only able to find 375 mL bottles of the Martini & Rossi sweet vermouth.
Hope you all enjoy this cocktail as much as I do. Drop me a line in the comments with your thoughts!