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Negroni Sbagliato

Negroni Sbagliato

Cocktails might remind you of sunsets and lazy summer days, but there are a few that are just beautiful in winter. One of them is the classic Negroni. Not only is it served with a slice of orange - all wintery and full of vitamin C, but it will also warm you right up!

What is the history behind this snazzy drink? It is said that Count Camillo Negroni picked up a taste for strong liquor while working as a rodeo clown in the American Wild West! He asked a bartender for something stronger than the Americano cocktail (a tame mix of Campari, sweet vermouth, and club soda) and the Italian behind the bar came up with the mix of equal parts Campari, sweet vermouth and gin and named it after the thirsty customer. (Read more)

So from where the Negroni Sbagliato? In Italian, "sbagliato" means "mistake." It is said that another bartender accidently mixed the Campari and sweet vermouth with sparkling wine instead of the gin and the result was something slightly lighter than the classic, but still delicious enough to stay on the drinks menu!

Negroni Sbagliato Recipe

This recipe serves one, so double it up - whether you have company or not...


25 ml Campari

25 ml sweet vermouth

Leopard’s Leap Cuvee Brut


For the garnish

1 orange slice


Pour the Campari and sweet vermouth into a glass, add ice cubes and gently pour in the Sparkling Wine – pouring it down a bar or long spoon will stop the bubbles roaming over the edge of the glass.

Stir, top up with more bubbly and garnish with the orange slice.

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