The Negroni Cocktail, Right or Wrong?!


The Negroni is a classic Italian cocktail; a bitter apertivo enjoyed before a meal or with appetizers. Then there’s a “wrong” Negroni, which is just right for me!


A lot of people love the Negroni, which is why it’s a classic found in many bars and cocktail recipe books around the world. But for many, the classic Negroni is an acquired taste. For me, it’s too bitter. I may have one if I want to make sure I drink very slowly!

Friend Jerry S., and I took a train from Lucca to Pistoia, Italy. Together we taught owner of the bar, Caffè della Robbia, how to make a Negroni Sbagliato. I think she found it (or, us?!) amusing.   We found her 1970’s “KGB phone,” (below) amusing.

Recipe #1: A classic Negroni is equal parts Gin, Campari (the bitter) and red Vermouth. Stir with ice and serve with an orange slice.

IMG_9017The Negroni Sbagliato (“spa-lee-ah-toe”, an Italian word meaning “wrong”), took no getting used to for me. It still has a touch of bitter to make it interesting, but not so much to make you pucker.


Recipe #2: The Negroni Sbagliato is equal parts Prosecco (or any sparkling dry white wine), Campari, and red Vermouth. Stir with ice and serve with an orange slice.

Cin-cin! Salute! (Cheers, to your health)

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Author: gregnelsoncooks

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