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Friday, July 30, 2010

Sparkling Negroni: A fun variation on a classic cocktail

Campari® Bitter liqueur is 150 years old this year.  While it’s unlikely that there will be a Campari festival in Salt Lake City, you can host your own celebration at home.  The Utah Mixologist has been doing his part, recently giving you recipes for two Campari favorites: the Americano aperitivo and the Negroni cocktail.  Loyal readers should (by now) have a bottle of Campari in their bar, so whipping up a Sparkling Negroni should be no problem.

In case you haven’t stocked that bottle of Campari yet (CS# 064636), it is in general distribution in Utah.  If, however, your local Utah State Liquor Store is a small one, you should make sure they have it in stock before burning your gas: think Green!  If you like Champagne cocktails, you’ll discover that the Sparkling Negroni is a treat.  Barefoot® sparkling wines are great for Champagne cocktails, and are priced to sell.  If you’re looking to upgrade your cocktail experience, you should try the Quady Vya Sweet Vermouth (CS# 910764), but it’s in limited distribution so be sure to call ahead on the Vya, too.

Sparkling Negroni

1 oz Campari
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
1 oz Gin
1-2 oz Champagne or sparkling white wine

Combine Campari, Vermouth, and Gin in a mixing glass half full of cracked ice.  Stir briskly until nice and cold.  Strain into a pre-chilled cocktail glass.  Top with well-chilled Champagne.  Garnish with twist of orange peel. 


  1. Hello Jim:

    Looks like a great new creative negroni and using the Sweet Vya is surely the way to go.


  2. Hi Andrew,

    Thanks, we don't have much variety in Vermouths available here in Utah, but the Vya is one of the gems. The sweet goes great in Manhattans, too.