James Lombardino and The Sbagliato

James Lombardino is head bartender at Wallflower in New York.

I’m currently/constantly drinking Sbagliatos. This drink was created when a bartender in Italy was making a Negroni and grabbed a bottle of sparkling wine instead of gin (“sbagliato” means “mistake” in Italian). The Sbagliato is refreshing, easy to make and relatively low-alcohol compared to its relative, the Negroni. So I can have a couple more of these without ending up on the floor. sbagliato

Build this cocktail in the glass. (I like mine in a Collins glass.)

1 ½ oz. Campari
1 ½ oz. Sweet vermouth (Carpano Antica is always great)

Top with Champagne or other quality sparkling wine. Add an orange wedge for garnish.

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