Why House of the Dragon fans are suddenly obsessed with Negroni sbagliato

Why House of the Dragon fans are suddenly obsessed with Negroni sbagliato

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If you listen closely enough, you may be able to hear the raspy voice of House of the Dragon star Emma D’Arcy comes through the loudspeakers of thousands of telephones.

A clip of the actor starring as Rhaenyra Targaryen in HBO’s in early October Game of Thrones precursor, House of the Dragon, talking about their favorite cocktail in an interview went viral. Now the snippet has become a TikTok meme, taking the spin on the classic Italian cocktail to a new level of popularity.

Why are people talking about the Negroni sbagliato?

House of the Dragon is, of course, HBO’s prequel series to Game of Thrones. In a promotional interview between co-stars Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke, the pair discussed their favorite drinks. Then D’Arcy told Cooke that they like to drink a Negroni sbagliato with prosecco. Cooke seems instantly captivated by D’Arcy’s choice, responding, “Wonderful.” You can watch the full clip on HBO Max’s TikTok account.

The clip has taken off for a few reasons. Clear, House of the Dragon has a huge fan base thanks to Game of Thrones. But the way D’Arcy said ‘a Negroni’, then ‘sbagliato’ and finally ‘with prosecco in it’, with their sultry raspinism and a few dramatic pauses, has seduced fans. D’Arcy’s voice is hot. Fans online have said “I’ve never been a Negroni fan, but I think I am now” with the heart eyes emoji. Now there are more than 16,000 videos on TikTok with the original sound from D’Arcy say it’s their favorite drink.

What is a Negroni sbagliato with prosecco?

A Negroni is an Italian cocktail made with one part gin, one part red vermouth and one part Campari, with an orange zest garnish if you fancy. The Negroni sbagliato, an Italian word meaning “wrong” or “full of mistakes,” swaps out the gin in the original sparkling wine recipe, which is why D’Arcy explains that they opt for prosecco.


I had to jump on this IMMEDIATELY. Also one of my favorite negroni variations, especially if you like a more effervescent cocktail. Sbagliato means “broken” or “wrong” in Italian, and it’s rumored that this cocktail was created by accident when a bartender wanted to make a regular negroni but reached for prosecco instead of gin. I don’t know how you do that honestly, but I love a good story, especially when it comes out of a happy accident. Recipe: 1 oz sweet vermouth, 1 oz campari, top with sparkling (prosecco is a solid choice, but any brut style would do). Wig or twist, the choice is yours.

♬ a negroni sbagliato w prosecco l hbo max – hbomax

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