This recipe for Negroni Sbagliato comes from Nigella Lawson’s new book At My Table that was published a week or so ago and as we are heading into Spring with longer days and warmer evenings, I thought it was just the right first recipe to make from the book.
Negroni Sbagliato is more of a spritz with prosecco (or in my version a local MCC sparkling wine), replacing the gin in the original Negroni recipe. Nigella writes that it is said the Negroni Sbagliato had been created by a happy accident in the Bar Basso in Milan in the 60’s. “Sbagliato (roughly pronounced “sbalyato”) means mistaken in Italian so this is best translated as Messed-Up Negroni.”
As Nigella says, her recipe messes up the Negroni Sbagliato even more and she changes the proportions of the bubbly, Campari and vermouth, serving it in a pitcher rather than making individual cocktails. I am all for the pitcher idea, it makes it much more fuss free than hassling with tot measures and guests are encouraged the help themselves.
At My Table is the 5th Nigella Lawson book I have and from all of those this is the most “toned down” book. The recipes are pretty straight forward and very much simple home cooking fare. I think some people might be disappointed as it is not on that sumptuous level of Feast or How To Be A Domestic Goddess. I have been spending quite a bit of time with the book and it has slowly but surely been growing on me. I love the recipe for the White Chocolate Cheesecake that’s only got 7 ingredients (I’m thinking of a peppermint crisp version) and the Spatchcock Chicken with White Miso and Sesame Seeds (that will be so good on the braai). The Chocolate Olive Oil Mousse has also catched my eye so I am sure to make and share a few more recipes from book.
Serve the Negroni Sbagliato with loads of ice and orange slices. Enjoy!
- 1 bottle (750ml) sparkling wine, prosecco or champagne (chilled)
- 325ml Campari (chilled)
- 175ml red vermouth (chilled)
- orange slices to serve
- ice to serve
- Mix the sparkling wine, Campari and red vermouth in a pitcher
- Add some orange slices
- Serve with ice
A few of my favourite cocktails and drinks :