Sbagliato (pronounced spah-li’AH-toh) means “wrong” or “mistake” in Italian, and the story goes that this drink was created when a bartender accidentally grabbed a bottle of Prosecco instead of gin when making a Negroni. I don’t know if I buy that tale, but it’s hard to deny that the result is supremely quaffable.
Swapping the Negroni's gin for sparkling wine, the Sbagliato sits in the land of bright, happy cocktails. With more character than an Aperol Spritz, but not quite the punch of a Negroni, it's a beautifully balanced drink that should please just about anyone. The original recipe doesn't call for it, but we've added our Orange and Aromatic bitters because everything is #betterwithbitters.
Best part? The Negroni Sbaglatio is easy to make and works wonderfully as a non-alcoholic cocktail. We enjoy this with the Lyre's range of non-alcoholic spirits—Italian Orange, Aperitif Rosso, and Classico sparkling wine—but there's plenty of room here to play with your favorite spirits, either with or without alcohol. For a more herbal and bitter variation, try The Pathfinder with Wilderton Bittersweet and sparkling wine.
Negroni Sbagliato (Non-Alcoholic)
Non-Alcoholic Cocktail / Low-Alcohol / Zero Proof / Mocktail
Lighter than a Negroni but packing more punch than an Aperol Spritz, the Sbagliato is perfect.
Add all ingredients to a rocks or wine glass, add ice, and stir to chill.
Garnish with an orange slice.
MAKE IT MINDFULLY LOW ALCOHOL
Like the classic Negroni, it's easy to adjust the ABV of a Sbagliato. Simply swap out one (or more) ingredients for their non-alcoholic counterparts and dial up or down the alcohol to your liking.