3-Ingredient Happy Hour: The Negroni Sbagliato

3-Ingredient Happy Hour: The Negroni Sbagliato

Happy Saturday, everyone, and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour, the weekly drink column featuring super simple, yet delicious libations. This week I want to focus on a most happy mistake: the Negroni Sbagliato.

Photos by Claire Lower

“Sbagliato” is basically Italian for “whoops”, and the beverage apparently came into being when a bartender mistakenly grabbed a bottle of sparkling wine, rather than gin, when making a classic Negroni. (I feel like those bottles would be very different shapes, but who knows.)

A traditional Negroni is made with equal parts Campari, sweet vermouth and gin. The only change you’ll be making is swapping out the gin for some bubbly. I grabbed a bottle of pink bubbly, and would you look at how pretty it is? To make this most delicious mistake, you will need:

  • 50mL Campari (you can also use Aperol if you find Campari too bitter)
  • 50mL sweet vermouth
  • 50mL sparkling wine

There are two ways you can build this beverage, and I went with the less-involved method, which is pouring everything into a lowball with ice, giving it a stir, and enjoying. If you’d rather have your sparkling cocktail in a flute, first pour the Campari and vermouth into a shaker tin or pint glass filled with ice and stir to chill. Strain into a flute, top with bubbles, and sip in a very refined manner. (Sidebar: To those astute readers who have noticed there have been quite a few cocktails featuring Campari, I know, and don’t worry. We’ll be moving on to rum or tequila next week.)