House of the Dragon star Emma D’Arcy has unwittingly prompted a wave of cocktail clamour after a TikTok showcased their unconventional twist on a classic.
In an HBO Max ‘getting to know you’ video, Olivia Cooke, who plays Alicent Hightower in the Game of Thrones spinoff, asked the Rhaenyra Targaryen actor what their drink of choice is.
With a grin, 30-year-old D’Arcy replied: “A Negroni. Sbagliato… with Prosecco in it.”
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“Oh, stunnin’!” Cooke said, seemingly taken aback by their answer and the style with which it was delivered.
The smooth, seven-word response has taken off online, with many people seduced by D’Arcy’s accent and clamouring for more info about the Milanese drink.
Others have been serving up their own D’Arcy-influenced Negronis and posting them on TikTok.
A Negroni consists of equal parts (25ml) gin, Campari and sweet vermouth, garnished with a slice of orange and poured over ice.
@hbomax I’ll take one of each. #houseofthedragon ♬ a negroni sbagliato w prosecco l hbo max – hbomax
A sbagliato, which translates to ‘wrong’ in Italian, simply swaps the gin for Prosecco.
Whether using gin or Prosecco, the ingredients should be poured into a mixing glass or jug and stirred until the outside of the glass feels cold.
The mixture should then be strained into a tumbler with a cube or two of ice and garnished.
Apparently, bartender Mirko Stocchetto grabbed sparkling wine instead of the spirit as he was making a Negroni in 1972, and the drink caught on, reports La Cucina Italiana.
So, you wouldn’t need to say ‘with Prosecco’ when ordering at a bar, as it’s already implied – just as you wouldn’t order a sandwich ‘with bread’.
Thousands have used the audio from the clip – viewed more than 11 million times on TikTok – to dub their own videos, while others have duetted with the clip, noting its unexpected s** appeal.
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One user commented: “The voice, my friends, the voice.”
Another wrote: “The way they said ‘with Prosecco in it’ made me melt.”
“They said Prosecco in the most seductive way possible,” said a third.
Another commented: “It always seems like they’re flirting with each other in all of these interviews I see, lol so cute.”
Negroni chatter is now a hot topic on Twitter, too, with one person offering up their own bit of comedy scriptwriting alongside a screenshot of the duo talking in a House of the Dragon episode.
They wrote: “Alicent leans close to Rhaenyra. There’s silence — no words big enough to fill the chasm of pain formed between the once friends.
“Alicent turns away, but then she hears it, the words she’s been waiting for, barely audible… A Negroni… sbagliato… with Prosecco in it.”
Alicent leans close to Rhaenyra.
There’s silence— no words big enough to fill the chasm of pain formed between the once friends.
Alicent turns away, but then she hears it, the words she’s been waiting for, barely audible…
A Negroni… sbagliato… with Prosecco in it. ? pic.twitter.com/XKtM9YUO0O
— Ashly Perez ?? (@itsashlyperez) October 10, 2022
Another said: “I know I’m gay because I cannot escape the phrase Negroni sbagliato with Prosecco in it.”
“Pour some Prosecco out for the bartenders having to make Negroni sbagliatos for 1,000 bisexuals this week.”
Do spare a thought for the bartenders, who are now inundated with requests for the cocktail – to such an extent that some say they’re running out of the key ingredients.
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One person said: “There’s all these bartenders saying, ‘I told my boss this weekend we had to order a bunch of Campari and my boss was like why?
“And then the boss was double shocked when it sold out.
“Because everyone’s going to the bar to order a Negroni sbagliato with Prosecco in it.'”
TikTok user M’lady Molly (@ladymollysilver) said: “Calling all bartenders. You better stock up on Campari, sweet vermouth and Prosecco.
“Because… you will sell out of all of it.”
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