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The Sbagliato-the perfect cocktail for indulging in an orgy of ornamental excess...

Updated: Sep 12, 2023


Enjoy Negroni week and celebrate Italian design with this refreshing alternative to the Negroni. I like to imagine Gae Aulenti laughing off her critics and enjoying la dolce vita at her incredible seaside compound, Sbagliato in hand as she gazes out over the Tyrrhenian Sea.

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For those of you who have yet to fall under the spell of this sparkling cousin of the Negroni, you are in for a treat. Sbagliato means mistake in Italian - the origin story being that a busy bartender accidentally added Prosecco instead of gin to a customer's Negroni and thus the Sbagliato was born. A less strong and slightly less bitter (in my humble opinion) version of the Negroni, it's easy to love this cocktail. It also happens to be the go-to cocktail of the tipsy modernist's father, so it holds a special place in my heart.


Ingredients

  • 1 oz.. Campari

  • 1/2 oz. Sweet Vermouth

  • Prosecco to taste

The original recipe calls for a 1:1:1 ratio, but I prefer my cocktails a little less sweet, so I add half the Sweet Vermouth. If you like your cocktails more on the sweet side you might want to include a full ounce of Sweet Vermouth. As it originally was supposed to be a Negroni, many serve the drink in an old-fashioned glass, but it can also be made in a coupe. I like to make it in a coup, adding the Campari and Sweet Vermouth first and then filling the chilled glass with Prosecco. SO GOOD.

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