Won't break the bank cocktail from Downtown Italian, Recipes Inspired by Italy, Created in New York's West Village (Andrews McMeel, October 2014) by Joe Campanale, Gabriel Thompson, Katherine Thompson.
Roasted-Orange Negroni Sbagliato
This cocktail was inspired by the sparkling bright-red drink I discovered while studying in Italy.
The Negroni Sbagliato (“broken” or “mistaken” Negroni, because it features sparkling wine instead of gin) was inexpensive, and it quickly became my favorite drink.
1 wedge roasted orange (see Notes) 1 ounce red vermouth (such as Carpano Antica Formula) 1¼ ounces Campari Ice 1¼ ounces Lini Lambrusco Bianco, or other sparkling white wine Orange peel, for garnish
Place the orange wedge in a mixing glass and add the vermouth. Muddle the two so that the charred bits of the orange are released into the vermouth. Add the Campari and ice; cover and shake.
Fill a chilled rocks glass with ice. Strain the contents of the mixing glass into the rocks glass. Add the sparkling wine. Do not stir, as this will dissipate the bubbles. Garnish with the orange peel.
Notes: Roasted orange: To roast the orange, first cut it into 8 wedges and soak the wedges in red vermouth overnight. Roast them on a hot grill until they are charred and caramelized on both sides. You can keep them refrigerated, covered with red vermouth, for 1 week.
Preparation: This cocktail can also be made as a regular Roasted-Orange Negroni by using gin instead of sparkling wine (in the same proportions) and stirring with ice instead of shaking; strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Never shake the drink with the sparkling wine; the mixing glass will “explode” like a can of soda after being shaken.
(* Recipe reproduced with permission from Downtown Italian: Recipes Inspired by Italy, Created in New York’s West Village by Joe Campanale, Gabriel Thompson, and Katherine Thompson, Andrews McMeel Publishing 2014)
Leave Montpellier and drive 40 minutes inland towards the hills of Herault and you will find near Saint Saturnin de Lucian the land that brings us this wine, Obriers de la Peira 'Terrasses du Larzac' (2009).