The Negroni, still a popular Italian cocktail, combines three spirits:  Gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth in a 1:1:1 ratio.  It’s finished off with an orange peel.

Around 1920, Count Cammillo Negroni wandered into his favorite Florentine haunt, Cafe Casoni, and ordered an Americano, a drink made from Campari, sweet vermouth, and club soda.  The Americano, sometimes referred to as a neutered Negroni, dates back as far as the 1860’s, created at Gaspare Campari’s bar in Milan, Italy, a watering hole for celebrities, including Ernest Hemingway.  As a rodeo clown in the American Wild West, Count Negroni came to prefer a stiffer drink and requested the addition of gin.  A new drink was born: The Negroni.

During Prohibition, many Americans traveled to Italy on holiday where they could legally drink.  In the US, the bitter Campari was classified as a medicinal potion, so returning Americans brought Campari home and enjoyed it without breaking the law.  Where there’s a will

Sparkling Negroni, or as the Italians say, Negroni Sbagliato, (meaning ‘bungled’ or ‘mistaken’) was created when a bartender accidentally substituted sparkling wine for the gin. Or at least, that’s what I hear.  Traditionally, a sparkling negroni is comprised of Campari, sweet vermouth and sparkling wine.

But Campari can be a tad too bitter for many.  In Mike’s sparkling negroni, he replaced the Campari with Aperol, bringing a fresh, bright citrus flavor and an appealing orange hue.  He eliminated the sweet vermouth and added back the gin.  And since everything tastes better with a splash of fresh lime juice, he threw a shot of that in, too.  Then he tops it off with an ounce or two of cava.  

In 2002 we discovered cava on a trip to Barcelona. An inexpensive alternative to pricier French champagne, it delivers the dryness of a good champagne as well as the bubbles that make it legendary.

Sparkling Negroni

This bright and bubbly cocktail, blends flavors of citrus and gin with the light sweetness of Aperol. Low-carb version of the classic.

  • 1 shot of gin
  • 1 shot of Aperol
  • 1 shot of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1-2 ounces of cava
  • Lime wedge
  1. Pour gin, Aperol and lime juice into Old-Fashioned glass filled with ice.
  2. Stir.
  3. Add cava. Garnish with lime.
  4. Salud. “Health for 100 years!”






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