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These classic Negroni variations are so good, they’re improvements on the original! Try each one, from bubbly to smoky to bourbon-based.

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The classic Negroni is at the top of the popularity chart these days. It’s a bit of a surprise hit, since its searing bitter flavor isn’t quite the formula for a crowd pleaser. But it’s the drink of the moment! Here’s a secret for you: we like all of these Negroni variations better than the classic drink itself!

There are so many types of Negronis, like the Boulevardier, where spicy bourbon is a better balance for the drink than gin. Or the Negroni Sbagliato, a bubbly version using Prosecco instead of gin. And then a favorite, the ultra unique White Negroni. Let’s get mixing!

And now…the top Negroni variations to try!

A little Negroni history…

The classic Negroni is an Italian cocktail made of gin, sweet vermouth and Campari. It was invented back in the 1920’s by a Count Negroni in Florence, Italy (or so the story goes). Apparently a man named Count Negroni ordered an Americano, but wanted it with a little more kick. He asked for it with gin and the Negroni was born!

The Negroni is a classic cocktail that’s on the list of International Bartender Association’s IBA official cocktails. Two more related Negroni variations are also on the IBA official list: the Boulevardier and Americano.

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Negroni Sbagliato

8 Best Negroni Variations

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
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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: Boulevardier, Americano, Mezcal Negroni, Old Pal, Cynar Negroni, and White Negroni.


  • 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: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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