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“A negroni… fake… with prosecco inside”.

If you’re on TikTok (and especially on the subgenre LesbianTok), you may have seen this videonow a meme watched over 10 million times.

In the video, Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke, star of the hugely popular American fantasy series House of the Dragon, based on Game of Thrones, talk about their favorite cocktail.

Emma D’Arcy has no doubt, it is precisely: “A negroni…fake…with prosecco inside”.

Emma D’Arcy, star of the House of Dragon series, says in her own way which cocktail she prefers. “A negroni… fake… with prosecco inside”.

The video’s comments focus on how D’Arcy says “A bad negroni with prosecco in it”.

Understandable reaction, watch the short video with selected audio, listen to the seductive tone of the actress and tell us if you disagree.

The virality of the video sparked the hunt for tiktokers for the ingredients of the little-known Negroni Sbagliato in the United States. While I medium Americans, even the most prestigious, rushed to publish Tutorial on how to prepare the cocktail.

The success of Negroni and Spritz abroad

The Negroni

The recipe for the bad Negroni, for “Wrong” fans only, includes the same ingredients as the Negroni. With one difference, sparkling wine – often Prosecco – replaces gin.

The Negroni is a very popular cocktail abroad, it is not for nothing that it is the first in the ranking of the 10 most drunk cocktails in the world, even the Spritz is among the most established.

A success due to the alcohol content of these drinks and references to the Italian “Dolce Vita”.

But even more to the substantial investments made by Campari in the United States, from 2003, after the takeover of Aperol.

The group’s strategy to establish itself abroad involves the massive promotion of the Spritz, the aperitif that has intercepted the current trend, which consists of consuming light, less alcoholic drinks, to sip while sipping food.

A perfectly successful strategy since in 2016, Aperol Spritz became the group’s best-selling liqueur, placing the United States alongside traditional markets such as Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany and France.

Who knows now, spurred on by the viral video with Emma D’Arcy, Campari won’t seriously consider investing in Wrong Negroni as well.

It could be an opportunity to seize on the fly in times of sociability.

Wrong Negroni: the Bar Basso recipe

The Wrong Negroni, less alcoholic than the classic Negroni

If listening to Emma D’Arcy say in her own way “Wrong Negroni with prosecco in it” made you want to try it, you’re in luck: the cocktail, less alcoholic than the big brother, is quite simple to prepare.

As confirmed by the recipe of Low barthe Milanese location where Negroni Sbagliato was invented by bartender Mirko Stocchetto in 1967, 1969 or 1972, depending on who is telling the story.

  • Amaro Campari (3 cl)
  • Red Vermouth (3 cl)
  • Prosecco (3 cl).

The Prosecco adds a different flavor to the classic Negroni, which is sweeter and more pimpy.

To complete the recipe, you have two options: if you like to follow the traditional route, make the wrong Negroni with ice cream.

Fill a low tumbler glass with ice, pour the mixture over it and stir with a spoon (possibly a bar).

For a more gourmet presentation, serve the cocktail in a champagne flute.

Do this: Mix Vermouth and Campari with ice separately in a mixing glass. Pour the mixture into the flute, then fill it with the prosecco and mix again.

Garnish with an orange slice or twist to add charm to the presentation.

Here is your Wrong Negroni. A captivating cocktail, easy to prepare and to share with friends.

The history of the Negroni

The Negroni in classic version

Most reports attribute the recipe to sassy Florentine nobility. Specifically to Count Camillo Negroni.

A quick-witted proto-dandy who, one day between 1917 and 1919, wanting to try something stronger, asks the bartender of Caffè Casoni via de ‘Tornabuoni in Florence for a variation on the theme of his favorite drink, the American.

Bartender Fosco Scarselli nods, adding some gin. Then, as there was a risk of confusing the count’s glass with that of the other customers, Fosco added a slice of orange.

The story is told in detail in the book “In the footsteps of the Count, the true story of the Negroni cocktail», By bartender Luca Picchi.

And the story of the bad Negroni

The Bar Basso in Milan in the 70s

In 1967, after having perfected the craft in prestigious places in Venice, including Harry’s Bar), the Venetian bartender Mirko Stocchetto and his partner Renato Hausamann bought the Bar Basso in Milan.

The Milanese of those years were still inclined towards the simple pleasures of wine, beer and bitters, even if the tastes and clientele of Bar Basso were gradually changing.

Cocktail consumption is on the rise, and to capitalize on the trend, Stocchetto serves all its cocktails in captivating extra-large glasses custom-made by Murano glassmakers.

One evening in 1969 or 1972 while Stocchetto was preparing a classic Negroni, inevitably, and without knowing it, he added prosecco instead of gin.

He only realizes the error after serving the cocktail, but is pleasantly surprised by the customer’s reaction, who is very satisfied with the concoction.

From that moment, the cocktail definitely entered the menu, baptized by the bartender of Bar Basso the “false” Negroni.

Of the many variations on the Negroni theme, the “Wrong” is undoubtedly the favorite. Conquering the palate of those who try it for the first time is their place in the middle of two cocktails today a symbol of Italian taste in the world.

The Negroni, of course, and the Spritz, the light aperitif prepared with sparkling white wine (also in this case often Prosecco), seltzer, lemon and Aperol. Or with Campari or Select.

Mirko Stocchetto, who died in 2016, is considered the bartender who revolutionized the Milanese cocktail scene, also thanks to the invention of a hundred drinks.

However, the fake Negroni remains his true legacy, a fortuitous creation that shrouded in myth the Bar Basso, a historic bar in Milan run today by Maurizio, Mirko’s son (watch out for prices).

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