Cocktails for a Dinner Party

How to make a Negroni Sbagliato


  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 oz Prosecco (or any sparkling wine)
  • Orange slice or twist, for garnish
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange peel, for garnish


  1. Begin by filling a mixing glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour in the Campari and sweet vermouth.
  3. Stir the mixture gently for about 20-30 seconds to chill and combine the ingredients. This will help mellow the bitterness of the Campari.
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled glass filled with ice.
  5. Top off your concoction with the sparkling prosecco, gently pouring it over the back of a spoon to create a beautiful layering effect.
  6. Give it a quick, delicate stir to incorporate the Prosecco without losing its effervescence.
  7. Garnish your Negroni Sbagliato with a slice or twist of fresh orange peel. This adds a lovely citrus aroma and a touch of zesty flavor.
  8. Serve immediately and enjoy the sparkling, bittersweet perfection of your Negroni Sbagliato!

Why Negroni Sbagliato Is The Perfect Cocktail for a Dinner Party:

The Negroni Sbagliato with Prosecco is an ideal cocktail for a dinner party for several reasons. Firstly, its elegant and vibrant appearance will instantly impress your guests, making them feel like they’re in for a special evening. The harmonious blend of Campari’s bitterness, sweet vermouth’s richness, and Prosecco’s effervescence creates a well-balanced and refreshing drink that can be savored throughout the evening.

Moreover, its low alcohol content compared to a traditional Negroni makes it a more approachable and versatile option, allowing guests to enjoy a few cocktails without becoming too tipsy. The citrusy note from the orange garnish adds a delightful touch to the overall flavor profile, making it a crowd-pleaser even for those who might be new to bitter cocktails.

Lastly, the Negroni Sbagliato with Prosecco is easy to prepare in batches, which means you can spend more time socializing with your guests and less time mixing drinks. So, raise your glasses and toast to a memorable dinner party with this delightful twist on a classic cocktail!


In Italian, “sbagliato” means “mistake.” Supposedly, a bartender grabbed sparkling wine instead of gin as he was making this cocktail, resulting in this happy, delicious mistake.

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