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 (and adding our Orange and Aromatic bitters), 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.
Best part? The Negroni Sbaglatio is easy to make and works wonderfully as a non-alcoholic cocktail. We like to make this with 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.
Negroni Sbagliato (Non-Alcoholic)
Non-Alcoholic Cocktail / Low-Alcohol / Zero Proof / Mocktail
Add all ingredients to a rocks or wine glass, add ice, and stir to chill.
Garnish with an orange slice.
Lyre's award-winning Campari alternative called Italian Orange is great here, but there are lots of very good bittersweet options on the market today. For an intensely herbal variation, try Wilderton's excellent Bittersweet Aperitivo along with The Pathfinder and your favorite sparkling wine.
MAKE IT MINDFULLY LOW ABV
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.