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Here are the best Italian cocktails to try! There’s something for everyone: classics like the Americano and Negroni, to an inspired spin on the margarita.

Negroni Sbagliato

Italy is home of some of most famous culinary inventions of all time, from pizza margherita to pesto to pasta marinara. So is it any wonder that this country is also home to some iconic classic cocktails, too? Without Italy, we wouldn’t have the world famous Negroni, or the bubbly and ubiquitous Aperol Spritz. Then there’s the Americano, with a history that stems back to the 1860’s. The Italians were early to the cocktail game!

Here are all the top Italian cocktails to try! They work whether you’re pairing with Italian recipes or just looking for a Euro cocktail to drink on the patio. Featured are both cocktails that are part of Italian cuisine, and some inspired spins using classic ingredients. Let’s get to it!

And now…the best Italian cocktails to try!

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Negroni Sbagliato

Prosecco Negroni & More Italian Cocktails!

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


The Negroni Sbagliato is a spin on the classic cocktail using sparkling wine instead of gin. It’s bitter, sweet and bubbly all at once: an improvement on the original! Also try: Classic Negroni, Americano, or Bellini.


  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) sweet or semi-sweet red vermouth
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) Campari
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) Prosecco, champagne or other sparkling wine
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice!)
  • For the garnish: Orange peel


  1. Stir the vermouth and Campari in a lowball glass. Add ice.
  2. Top off the glass with the sparkling wine. Garnish with an orange peel and serve.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Poured
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Italian cocktails, Negroni, Prosecco negroni

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Last updated: October 2020

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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