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.
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 with an added “spritz” of soda water. The prosecco and soda 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 bubbly that isn’t going to take out an eye or break some 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 wire cage and remove it from the cork.
Step 4: now 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 prosecco will lose carbonation over time. So it’s best enjoyed immediately, but it will keep some carbonation over a few days.
- 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.2 ounces prosecco or other sparkling wine, 2 ounces soda water or seltzer
- Garnish with the orange slice or twist.orange slice or twist for garnish
If you make this Negroni spritz recipe, please leave a comment or rating here. Or share a pic with me on Instagram!
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.
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