Father’s Day Tipple: Negroni Sbagliato

Father’s Day Tipple: Negroni Sbagliato

Recreate the innovative drink that was born out of a false move.

Sbagliato is Italian for mistake, and that sums up the origin of how this drink first came to fruition. In the late 1980s, bartender Mirko Stocchetti was intending to make the classic negroni, when he accidentally reached for a bottle of Spumante – a sparkling white wine from the Piedmont region of Italy – instead of gin at his Bar Basso in Milan.

The oversight birthed a new favourite drink that is still being served at Bar Basso today, and people all over the world have been recreating the Negroni Sbagliato with their own twists. If you’re not a fan of the sweeter version, try replacing Spumante with Champagne or another sparkling wine.



1½oz sweet vermouth

1½oz Campari

1½oz Spumante (or Prosecco or another sparkling wine)


  1. Pour vermouth and Campari into an Old-Fashioned glass that has been filled with ice, and stir well.
  2. Top the concoction with Prosecco and stir again.
  3. Garnish with an orange slice.