Three cheers for Negroni Week, a whole summer week devoted to a single, fabulous cocktail. The trio of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth is in the cocktail hall of fame — it’s sweet and bitter, refreshing and punchy. But it’s also easy to riff on endlessly. Why not add sparkling wine? Beer? Why not slush-ify the whole thing? In honor of Negroni Week, here are three of our favorite summer spins.
Easy: Negroni Sbagliato
Sbagliato (ZBA-lee-ah-toe) means “mistaken”; the story goes that a bartender, when intending to make a Negroni, once reached for Prosecco instead of gin, and a new drink was born. (It’s hard to imagine mistaking clear, juniper-y gin with a sparkling wine unless you’ve really had a few, but no matter.) Some versions keep the 1-1-1 Negroni formula, but we prefer to up the bubbles a bit.