Negroni Sbagliato – A Delicious Mistake

by Chelsea Cummings
negroni sbagliato

You’ve probably heard of the classic negroni. Equal parts gin, vermouth and Campari, the Italian apéritif is inescapable on most modern menus. But what about the negroni sbagliato, literally a “messed up” negroni?

Story has it that the negroni sbagliato is the result of a happy accident in Milan’s famous Bar Basso. Apparently an apprentice switched a few bottles around, so when the head bartender grabbed what he thought was gin, he was actually holding sparkling wine. The busy bartender didn’t realise his mistake until his customer had already taken a sip. Fortunately, it was a delicious mistake and the bungled negroni has been a favourite in Italy ever since.

Switching the gin for prosecco makes a negroni sbagliato much softer and easier to drink than the polarizing negroni. This makes a negroni sbagliato the perfect apéritif for anyone wanting to try a softer version of the classic Italian cocktail. And it’s super simple to make!


  • 1 part Campari 
  • 1 part sweet vermouth 
  • 1 part prosecco 
  • 1 slice orange

How to Make a Negroni Sbagliato

  1. Pour the Campari and sweet vermouth into a glass filled with ice. 
  2. Top with prosecco.
  3. Gently stir to mix. 
  4. Garnish with a slice of orange.

Pair with some light snacks like crisps, olives, or grissini and you have a wonderful Italian aperitivo. And next time you make a cocktail catastrophe, don’t sweat it! You might just be on to the next best thing.



An emblem of Italian style, Campari is the basis for many cocktails made and consumed all over the world.

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This sweet red vermouth will hold up well against the Campari

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