This Negroni spritz is one of several Negroni variations on the classic Italian cocktail that substitutes Prosecco for gin. I missed the Stanley Tucci Negroni phenomenon, but I’ve been in love with the cocktail since I started working on my cranberry Negroni. The color makes either one a perfect holiday cocktail.
If you haven’t tried a Negroni yet, what are you waiting for?
What is a Negroni?
The Negroni was developed in Italy in the 1800s for either a count or a general named Negroni. It’s a Campari gin cocktail traditionally made with equal proportions of Campari, gin, and sweet vermouth.
But there are lots of variations. The Negroni sbagliato, meaning “wrong” or “mistake,” is a Negroni variation made with Prosecco instead of gin. You start by stirring equal parts of Campari and sweet vermouth with ice in a rocks glass and then topping it up with Prosecco.
The spritz is another Italian cocktail made with Prosecco and soda water or seltzer. Here, the Negroni spritz is a Negroni sbagliato (i.e. Campari, sweet vermouth, and Prosecco) with an added “spritz” of soda water. The Prosecco and soda help decrease the perceived bitterness of the Negroni.
How to open Prosecco
Knowing how to open Prosecco and other sparkling wines without making a mess is one of those life lessons that everyone should know. Like how to change a tire. Or the importance of compounding.
Step 1: Find a place to open your Prosecco that won’t take out an eye or break glass if the cork escapes you.
Step 2: Remove the foil wrapping around the cork and wire cage.
Step 3: Put your hand on top of the bottle and carefully untwist the cage and remove it.
Step 4: Put your hand on top of the cork and hold it firmly. Slowly and gently rotate the bottle until the cork quietly pops out.
FAQs about the Negroni spritz
Prosecco is a white wine, usually sparkling, made in a specific region of Italy. Like Champagne, sparkling wines can only be labelled as Prosecco if they come from that region.
A classic Negroni should be stirred with ice and poured into the glass or even built in the glass.
Yes, a Negroni is traditionally served on the rocks, but it can be served up, in a chilled coupe or flute, if that is your preference.
Open bottles of sparkling wine will lose carbonation over time. So they are best enjoyed immediately, but the bottles will keep some carbonation over a few days.
Check out other uglyducklingbakery cocktails such as the gin espresso martini, a rose syrup French 75, a cherry bakewell cocktail, or the “Lady Bridgerton” – an Earl Grey and lavender Empress gin cocktail.
- 1 ounce Campari
- 1 ounce sweet vermouth
- 2 ounces prosecco or other sparkling wine
- 2 ounces soda water or seltzer more or less to taste
- orange slice or twist for garnish
- Add ice, the Campari, and the sweet vermouth to a rocks or lowball glass, and stir gently.1 ounce Campari, 1 ounce sweet vermouth
- Add the Prosecco and then the soda water and stir once to combine2 ounces prosecco or other sparkling wine, 2 ounces soda water or seltzer
- Garnish with an orange slice or twist.orange slice or twist for garnish
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