The internet has found its new favorite cocktail! Negroni Sbagliato has been popping up everywhere, from TikTok to Instagram, with social media users wanting to try the cocktail that became an overnight sensation.
The cocktail’s newfound popularity can be traced back to House of the Dragon star Emma D’Arcy, who revealed ‘Negroni Sbagliato with Prosecco’ was their favorite drink when asked by co-star Olivia Cooke during a short Q&A session. So how did the drink go viral, and how to make it yourself? Read on to find out.
What is a Negroni Sbagliato?
Negroni Sbagliato is an Italian cocktail that contains equal parts of Campari, sweet vermouth, and prosecco. The Sbagliato was created by Mirko Stocchetto in Milan, Italy. ‘Sbagliato’ is an Italian word that means ‘error’ or ‘mistake’.
The cocktail was presumable invented accidentally when Mirko replaced the gin in a Negroni with sparkling wine by mistake. Prosecco enhances the flavor of the drink and complements the bitter Campari and the sweet vermouth.
“Negronis are so drinkable, but so strong, which is why they’re so dangerous. The sbagliato is a really good alternative if you want a negroni, but you also want to get something done afterwards,” says Henry Jeffreys, auhor of the Cocktail Dictionary. While a standard Negroni has between 25% or 30% alcohol content, a Sagliato has only 15%, making it a refreshing alternative.
How did the Cocktail Go Viral?
On October 1, HBO Max posted a Q&A video on their TikTok account featuring House of the Dragon stars Emma D’Arcy, who plays adult Rhaenyra, and Olivia Cooke, who plays adult Alicent. Cooke asks D’Arcy what their drink of choice is, to which they reply, “A negroni … sbagliato … with prosecco in it.” Cooke then reacts, “Oh, stunning!”
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The video went viral, garnering more than a million views and fans went gaga over D’Arcy’s expression, calling it soothing, and comparing it to an ‘extremely expensive aged wine.’ This started a TikTok trend where users post their own videos lip-syncing to the actress’ words. The video sound has been used for more than 16000 times till now.
The TikTok trend was soon turned into a meme, and now, even merchandise has been launched including sweaters, hoodies, and caps that feature the word ‘sbagliato’. All this resulted in the immense popularity of the cocktail.
How to Make a Negroni Sbagliato?
If you too want to try out the cocktail, the recipe is pretty simple. You just have to mix Campari with vermouth in a rocks glass with ice. Then add prosecco and stir the drink gently. It can be garnished with an orange slice or twist.
Do keep in mind to use a sweet, Italian vermouth such as Cocchi vermouth di Torino or Carpano Antica, since the sweet flavor is needed to balance out the bitter and citrus taste of Campari. “It’s easy to make. I usually eyeball it, but it’s more or less equal parts. You can also add more Prosecco if you want it to be a bit more bubbly,” says cocktail expert Anders Erickson.
Now that you know how to make Negroni Sbagliato, why don’t you go ahead and try it out? And once you do, tell us how did you like it in the comments section.