Negroni Sbagliato- #nellysbigday

by cakeduchess on December 9, 2011 · 16 comments

“And… I said YESSSS!” – Nelly. It happened one November midnight, in Twitterverse. We saw this tweet from our dear Nelly @nella22. Without missing a beat, we all knew Nelly had said “YES” to her beloved “M”as she sweetly calls Brian Murray, her fiance’.

In celebration of our beloved blogger friend, we are hosting a virtual wedding party for those who love her.

Food Bloggers Recipe for Wedded Bliss

Mix together: a lot of prayer, love, patience, perseverance, respect, courage, strength, trust, kindness, honesty and compromise.

Stir in: equal parts of love, support, faith fidelity, hope, validation, friendship, forgiveness, and communication.
Cook over slow simmer for the rest of your love. Dot daily with a sense of humor.

Leave out the nagging, sarcasm, skepticism, doubts, and stubbornness.

Serving Suggestions: Best prepared daily. Serve with flourish because Married Life is a FEAST. Live it with flavor, spice it with unconditional love, enjoy its richness.

Recipe Notes: Some ingredients won’t always be fresh or available.  Or the heat may flare up and the anger spills over.  Simmer down and douse the flames with all the LOVE you can throw in.

Enjoy the fear of marriage, love and life!
(written by Elizabeth @Mango_Queen)


logo by @farmgirlgourmet
The Negroni Sbagliato is basically a Negroni that calls for prosecco or asti spumante instead of gin. Sbagliato in Italian means “wrong” or “mistaken,” as in, “I goofed on this negroni and grabbed the wrong bottle! And it tastes GOOD!”

My friend Barb created the Tequila Smash for Nelly’s big day! She even made her own maraschino cherries. I would love a huge bowl of those delicious cherries! Reminds me of being a kid in Sicily on a scorching hot summer day eating lemon granita with the cherries on top. Stuffed in a big sweet bun (as they call it, a brioche). In my opinion, the ideal breakfast to eat any day of the week.;)


The Negroni Sbagliato was invented at the legendary Bar Basso in Milan. Milan has a pretty hopping aperitivo scene. You go out after work to a bar. Any bar. And you buy a cocktail and you get to snack. I’m not talking just popcorn and chips. Some of these bars have bruschetta. Amazing olives. Cheese spreads. I could go on and on. It basically is a happy hour where you get a drink and practically a free meal. Not bad?
I found the story about this drink in La Cucina Italiana magazine: 
“The house specialty at the legendary Bar Basso in Milan translates as “wrong” or “mistaken” Negroni—a fitting name for a cocktail born from a happy mistake. When making a Negroni, a misplaced bottle of spumante was grabbed by accident. An instant hit, the drink became the bar’s signature.”
I am happy that this drink was created by mistake. Sometimes the most ingenious things are created in error.
Negroni Sbagliato
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce Martini and Rossi sweet vermouth
  • 1 ounce dry spumante
  • Orange slice for garnish

Fill a rocks glass with ice. Add Campari, vermouth and spumante, in that order. Gently stir and garnish with orange slice

My dear Nelly-Congratulations to you and Brian! I’m truly happy for the both of you, my sweet friend.  Enjoy every minute of this magical time together. You are blessed to have found each other. I wish you a lifetime of happiness, lots of Nutella, delicious food, and plenty of laughter.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Nelly Rodriguez December 9, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Lora, this looks so delicious and I love the history behind it! Thanks for the good wishes dear!


Baker Street December 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Had never heard of Negroni but i’m sure it tastes delish! Its so well presented Lora! :)


Sanjeeta kk December 9, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Thanks for joining the virtual shower and for all the support, Lora! Would love to have a sip of this goofy drink which looks wonderful.
Love and hugs.


diabeticFoodie December 9, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Love the story behind the drink.


Junia December 9, 2011 at 4:08 pm

schmancy italian drink! love it. :D seriously, i just want to go to italy. all of your posts make think of italy and heavenly baked goods. my head is in the clouds right now.


Kiri W. December 9, 2011 at 4:39 pm

What a cute entry! And the drink sounds absolutely delectable! Drinks always tend to be forgotten, when they can be such a great note in a meal!


Shulie December 9, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Congrats Nelly. What a wonderful to raise a toast Lora with this fabulous Negroni. A great way to celebrate Nelly’s nuptuals!


FamilySpice December 9, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Looks delicious & perfect for the holidays!


Jenni December 9, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Hooray, Lora! Another gorgeous cocktail! I am completely drunk now with all the goodness at this shower:) And wishing them lots of Nutella? I’ll drink to that!


Angie's Recipes December 9, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Congrats Nelly and Brian! A great drink for the celebration.


Claudia December 9, 2011 at 11:44 pm

This is the sweetest entry! Congrats to Nelly and Brian! I love the tale of the special Negroni – and would love that tasty cocktail to wind down the day.


Rebecca from Chow and Chatter December 9, 2011 at 11:54 pm

oo fun drink and I want to go and drink one in Milan !


Annapet December 10, 2011 at 12:32 am

Oooops, Lora…Please delete my earlier comment :-). I have two browsers open, Ack!

Thanks for sharing the story of Negroni Sbagliato. I love Milan, and I wish I’m enjoying this drink there! [And shopping, afterwards!]


The Poet Herself December 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Sounds like a delicious drink, fitting of a bridal toast!


Sandra December 11, 2011 at 5:58 am

yey congrats to sweet Nelly..and those look absolutely delicious!!!!


Paula December 12, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Beautiful beverage for the happy bride to be and her fiance. I adore your recipe for Wedded Bliss :)


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