Alessandro Palazzi, renowned Italian Bartender head of the Duke’s bar in London teaches us how to prepare the now world-wide famous Negroni Sbagliato using Prosecco DOC.
This Italian drink born out of a mistake (sbagliato means wrong) in 1972 at Bar Basso in Milan has conquered the social media world in late 2022 thanks to a viral video.
The story goes that instead of using gin as the proper Negroni should be, sparkline wine was used to top up the vermouth and Campari base: the best mistake ever!
This drink can be prepared directly into the glass.
Alessandro suggest to always cool the glass beforehand with lots of ice. This will keep your drink cool and prevent the ice to melt too quickly and dilute your drink. Throw away the initial ice.
Pour sequentially the vermouth and the Campari in the glass. Now add fresh ice cubes into the glass.
Top up with the Prosecco DOC brut and gently stir the drink (stir once only to avoid loosing bubbles).
To garnish, the Maestro suggest to use the zest of the orange rather than the traditional slice. All the aromatic essential oils of the fruit are into the zest, we should use those to elevate the drink.
Take a whole zest with the help of a potato peeler, get close to the glass edge and ‘squeeze it’ on its top; you can actually see the oils be released onto the glass rim.
Now gently brush the rim with the zest and place it into the drink.
This ritual is an essential step to make great cocktails.
Enjoy straight away.
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