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Negroni Spritz

Say hello to Negroni Spritz, the sparkling, lighter and refreshing version of the classic negroni cocktail! Serve it pitcher-style for a crowd or make it for one, both recipes are included with this beauty!

negroni spritz cocktail in couple glasses garnished with basil leaf

Why you’ll love negroni spritzer

A delicious mistake! Negroni is an Italian cocktail made with equal parts Campari, gin and sweet vermouth, but this take on a negroni sbagliato recipe is a mistake made by an Italian bartender we can all feel good about (‘sbagliato’ translates to ‘bungled’ or ‘mistaken’).

Bittersweet! A Campari and gin cocktail can be a bit too bitter for some, which is why this negroni spritz offers the perfect balance of bitter and sweet. The fresh orange juice rounds out the sharp alcohol punch and you get a little effervescence from the sparkling wine. What a beaut!

Easily serves a crowd! Whether you are looking to serve a group of friends at your next party or just need a little more sparkle in your life, you get two recipes for the price of one! Make a batch in a pitcher or serve it on the rocks as a treat-yourself moment we all need.

woman grabbing negroni spritzer in coupe glass

Ingredients

Whether you are making this in a pitcher or just for one, the list of ingredients remains the same. We will need:

  • Fresh Cara Cara or blood orange juice
  • Gin
  • Sweet red vermouth
  • Campari
  • Prosecco
  • Orange slices

Measurements for both the pitcher and glass-style can be found in the recipe card below.

gin, oranges, prosecco, Campari, sweet vermouth

Ingredient notes & substitutions:

  • Orange Juice: About 3-4 oranges will yield 1 cup juice. I like Cara Cara or blood oranges to compliment the Campari, but regular oranges will work, too.
  • Gin: Go for your favorite gin. I used Aviation, which is an American Gin, but London dry gin like Bombay Sapphire, Beefeater or Tanqueray, or Hendrick’s would be just as delicious.
  • Prosecco: Italian sparkling wine is the star ingredient here, so pick up your favorite bottle.
  • Garnish: Finish with some fresh orange slices, twist of orange peel or a sprig of fresh basil for that iconic Italian flair.

How to make

This negroni spritzer couldn’t be any easier. All you have to do is stir the ingredients together and serve over ice. Here’s how to do it:

four step grid making negroni spritz recipe

Squeeze oranges: Freshly squeeze your Cara Cara or blood orange juice, strain into a measuring glass and set aside. 

Stir ingredients: In a large mixing glass or pitcher, add gin, sweet red vermouth, Campari and fresh orange juice. Stir together until well combined. Add in 2 cups of ice and stir together once more.

Pour and serve: Pour into 4 large or 6 smaller wine glasses and top with prosecco and an orange wedge. For single glass, pour all ingredients in a rocks glass filled with ice. Top with prosecco, an orange slice and enjoy!

Serving suggestions

A perfect for any time cocktail, just like this Grapefruit Martini Recipe, that bodes well for weekend brunch, outdoor parties or happy hour. Grab your favorites gals and guys, and get to sipping!

If I am serving this at a party, I like to serve it with crunchy or savory snacks like Blue Cheese Fried Olives, Lemon Pepper Wings and Spicy Tuna Croquettes.

four negroni spritz cocktails in coup glass garnished with basil leaf

Make ahead instructions

You can easily make this cocktail ahead of time by mixing all the ingredients together in a pitcher, but refrain from adding the ice and Prosecco. Cover with plastic wrap and keep chilled in the fridge for 1-2 days.

Once ready to serve, add ice, gently mix, then pour into your cocktails glasses of choice and top with Prosecco.

Recipe tips & notes:

  • Squeeze fresh oranges: This will give you the best and most pronounced citrus flavor.
  • Stirred, not shaken: This recipe benefits from stirring rather than shaking as not to disrupt the bubbles in Prosecco.
  • Buy a Prosecco split: When making this for one, pick up a few small Prosecco splits (6.3 oz / 187 ml). This way, you don’t have to open a whole 750ml bottle.

Negroni spritz FAQs

Is Negroni like Aperol Spritz?

No, a negroni is made with equal parts Campari, gin and sweet vermouth, whereas an Aperol spritz is made with Aperol, prosecco and club soda.

What is the difference between Aperol Spritz and Negroni Sbagliato?

Aperol spritz is made with the bitter orange, yet slightly more sweet Aperol and does not have sweet vermouth. Negroni sbagliato is made with the vibrant red and herbaceous Campari.

What’s the difference between Aperol and Negroni?

Aperol is the sweet, bitter orange liquor whereas Negroni is a classic cocktail made with Campari, gin and sweet vermouth. There are renditions that include an Aperol Negroni, a more approachable version of the classic.

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negroni spritz cocktail in couple glasses garnished with basil leaf

Negroni Spritz

  • Author: Elizabeth Van Lierde
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 (pitcher) or 1 glass 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Pitcher
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

Say hello to Negroni Spritz, the sparkling, lighter and refreshing version of the classic negroni cocktail! Serve it pitcher-style for a crowd or make it for one, both recipes are included with this beauty!


Ingredients

Scale

Pitcher Style:

8 oz fresh Cara Cara or blood orange juice, (about 34 oranges), strained

4 oz gin

4 oz sweet red vermouth

4 oz Campari

1 bottle Prosecco

Orange slices

Glass:

2 oz fresh Cara Cara or blood orange juice, strained

1 oz gin

1 oz sweet red vermouth

1 oz Campari

24 oz Prosecco

Orange slice


Instructions

Squeeze oranges: Freshly squeeze your cara cara or blood orange juice, strain into a measuring glass and set aside. 

Stir ingredients: In a large mixing glass or pitcher, add gin, sweet red vermouth, Campari and fresh orange juice. Stir together until well combined. Add in 2 cups of ice and stir together once more.

Pour and serve: Pour into 4 large or 6 smaller wine glasses and top with prosecco and an orange wedge. For single glass, pour all ingredients in a rocks glass filled with ice. Top with prosecco, an orange slice and enjoy!


Notes

Make Ahead: Mix all the ingredients together in a pitcher, but do not add the ice and Prosecco. Cover with plastic wrap and keep chilled in the fridge for 1-2 days. When ready to serve, add ice, gently mix, then pour into your cocktails glasses and top with Prosecco.

Keywords: sbagliato, campari, prosecco

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