Pitcher Drink: the Negroni Spagliato
We mentioned on New Year’s Eve that substituting sparkling wine for the spirit immediately transforms a cocktail into an excellent brunch drink, and turns declamations of, ‘Oh, that’s way too strong for me,’ into exclamations of delight. We’ve also mentioned before how pleased we were to run across the Negroni Spagliato, a prosecco-based version of the classic. It practically changed Steph’s entire opinion of sparkling wine.
Have we sufficiently made it clear that we think the Negroni Spagliato ought to be at the top of your brunch cocktail list? We were reminded over the holidays just how great this drink is. We were assigned providing a cocktail for Christmas Day brunch. Looking in the liquor cabinet, we found a bottle of prosecco, a bottle of red vermouth, and a bottle of Aperol (Campari’s softer, sweeter sister). Eureka!
This refreshing, low alcohol, full flavored drink pleased everyone at the table. The distinctive mix of vermouth and bitter orange is familiar to the Negroni-lover, even while the use of prosecco instead of gin differentiates it from the classic.
This is an especially good pitcher drink. Once you pop the cork on the prosecco bottle, you really should have a plan to use it all.
- 2 cups prosecco, plus the remainder for people who like their drinks extra bubbly
- 2 cups sweet vermouth
- 2 cups Campari
- 1 orange, sliced
- combine all ingredients in an ice-filled pitcher, and stir gently
- pour into ice-filled old fashioned glasses
- leave the remaining prosecco out for people who want to float a little extra on top of their drink