This Rosé Pink Negroni is a spin on the classic Negroni Sbagliato (…with prosecco in it). This version uses Aperol, Lillet Rosé, and dry rosé prosecco to make a stunningly delicious cocktail that will make rosé lovers everywhere very happy.
This Rosé Pink Negroni Sbagliato is one of my favorite sparkling aperitif cocktails, but the original Negroni Sbagliato, which replaces gin with sparkling wine, has a special place in my heart. I love gin but if you don’t, you’ll also want to check out this other gin-less Negroni, the Vodka Negroni. This Martini Bianco Spritz is another sparkling aperitif cocktail that you should definitely check out.
Why This Recipe Works
- Balanced – The flavors work perfectly together. Bittersweet Aperol is balanced by the crisp, lightness of the Lillet Rosé and rosé prosecco.
- Versatile – It’s perfect for all sorts of occasions such as Valentine’s Day, the holidays, or just an at-home weeknight happy hour.
- Less boozy – It’s a lower ABV (alcohol by volume) cocktail than a classic negroni as Aperol and prosecco are lower in alcohol than the classic ingredients of Campari and botanical gin.
- Aperol – This isn’t typical for a Negroni, but it is just as delicious. If you find Negronis in general to be a bit too bitter – Aperol is still bitter, but much sweeter than Campari. (I’ve also made a regular version of an Aperol Negroni.)
- Lillet Rosé – This is a crisp French aperitif wine that I used instead of sweet red vermouth. If you can’t find Lillet Rosé, you can substitute Lillet Blanc, which can be a bit easier to find at times. Lillet has a store locator on their site if you want to see what’s available in your area.
- Rosé prosecco – I recommend using a dry or brut sparkling rosé as the Aperol already adds some sweetness.
- Garnishes – A lemon twist (or orange twist) is perfect, but I took it a step further and added an edible flower. An orange slice or lemon wedge would also be great garnishes and play off the ingredients in a Pink Negroni.
Step 1: Add the Aperol and Lillet Rosé to a mixing glass.
Step 2: Add ice to the mixing glass.
Step 3: Stir until well chilled.
Step 5: Top with rosé prosecco.
Step 6: Garnish, if desired.
Tips and FAQ
What’s the difference between a negroni and negroni sbagliato?
A Negroni is made from Campari, gin, and sweet vermouth. A Negroni Sbagliato uses prosecco sparkling wine in place of the gin.
Negroni Sbagliato means “wrong Negroni” in Italian. It was a delicious mistake by a bartender, who reached for the prosecco instead of gin when making a Negroni.
What does a negroni pair well with?
Salty and bold flavors pair best with the bittersweet Negroni. Negronis are made with aperitif spirits, so a pre-dinner charcuterie plate is a perfect fit with all the salty bold flavors of cheese and cured meats.
What does Aperol taste like compared to Campari?
Both have a bittersweet orange flavor, but Aperol is less boozy and sweeter than Campari.
What does Lillet rosé taste like?
Lillet Rosé is a fruit-forward French aperitif wine with notes of red berries, orange blossom, and grapefruit.
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Rosé Pink Negroni Recipe
- 1 ½ ounces Aperol
- 1 ½ ounces Lillet Rosé
- 2 ounces Rosé prosecco
- Add the Aperol and Lillet Rosé to a mixing glass with ice.
- Stir well and then strain into a cocktail glass with ice.
- Top with rosé prosecco and garnish, if desired.
- If you can’t find Lillet Rosé, the next best option is Lillet Blanc, which is a bit more readily available.
- Dry regular prosecco can also be used instead of rosé prosecco without changing the flavor drastically.