How to Make a Negroni Spritz (also known as Negroni Sbagliato) September 09 2022, 0 Comments

Negroni Spagliato on white background

I love the sweet-bitter punch of a Negroni. It's why I said, "YES!" to making a Negroni lip balm all those years ago when Campari asked me to. 


But sometimes, I need something a little lighter, and that's when I turn to a Negroni Spritz, which is also often called a Negroni Sbagliato. 

Meaning of Negroni Sbagliato

Negroni Sbagliato actually means mistaken or incorrect Negroni. Instead of including gin, as the classic cocktail does, the Sbagliato has Prosecco or another sparkling wine. Do you know why the drink is named this way? Because the drink was actually the result of a mistake!

Negroni Sbagliato History

The Negroni Sbagliato was invented at in the 1970s at Bar Basso in Milan. The legend goes that a bartender accidentally poured Prosecco instead of gin into a Negroni. Curious, the customer tried this mistaken cocktail and loved it. So the bar became famous for the Negroni Sbagliato and the cocktail became a beloved drink around the world. (Albeit one that's still not widely known.)

Negroni vs. Negroni Spritz

Instead of tasting strong with alcohol, the way a Negroni does with gin, the Negroni Spritz is a beautiful balance of bitter Campari, sweet vermouth, and fruity, fizzy Prosecco. While both are excellent cocktails to enjoy before dinner, the Negroni Spritz is lighter on the booze and the bubbles make it extra fun. 

Both pair nicely with olives and salty nuts. 

How to Make Negroni a Negroni Spritz 

In a classic Negroni, you generally stir together gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari in equal proportions, although some people like to play around with those ratios. 

With a Negroni Sbagliato, some people will add Prosecco in the same ratio as the vermouth and Campari while others prefer to add more Prosecco.

The more Prosecco you add, the more fruity and bubbly, and less bitter it will be.  

The recipe below uses three times as much Prosecco as Campari and sweet vermouth. 


Negroni Spritz Recipe

From Spritz by Talia Baichhi and Leslie Pariseau

1 ounce (30 ml) Campari

1 ounce (30 ml) sweet vermouth

3 ounces (90 ml) Prosecco

1 orange half-wheel

Fill a glass with ice. Add the Campari, sweet vermouth and Prosecco. Garnish with the orange and enjoy! 


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Why We Love Rosehip Oil For Lips and Skin March 15 2022, 0 Comments

Celebrities from Kate Middleton to Miranda Kerr to Victoria Beckham have reported using rosehip seed oil to help keep their skin looking moisturized and fresh. Is it worth the hype?

We think so. We’ve used rosehip oil for years in our unscented Bare lip balm. Designed for especially sensitive skin, the balm feels luxuriously smooth.

What is rosehip oil? 

Rosehip oil — also known as rosehip seed oil — is cold-pressed from the seeds of rosehips, the fruit of certain varieties of rose bushes. 

Rosehip seed oil is not the same thing as rose water or rose oil, both of which are derived from the rose blooms and smell like the flowers. Rosehip seed oil does not smell at all like roses. In fact, it has a nearly neutral scent. 

Why is rosehip oil good for skin?

Rosehip seed oil is packed with Vitamins A, C, and E, which are reported to help calm skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and even out skin tone. Vitamin A, in particular, helps with cellular turnover (so skin looks fresher.) Vitamin C promotes collagen production, which plumps and firms the skin. 

Rosehip seed oil also contains anti-inflammatory fatty acids, which help maintain your skin's natural barrier healthy and moisturized. Many people report rosehip seed oil helps reduce redness and inflammation. Some say it helps reduce the appearance of scars. 

It’s also a light, gentle oil that can be used on the skin daily. (Although, as with any new ingredient, you should test it first on a tiny patch of skin to make sure you’re not allergic or otherwise irritated by it.)

Is rosehip oil good in lip balm?

In our Bare lip balm, we enjoy that rosehip seed oil makes the balms feel extra silky and moisturizing. Plus it gives the balm a rich golden color.

We also find that when combined with the other ingredients, including jojoba and cocoa butter, the balm creates creating a lasting feeling of moisture. (No re-applying 50 time a day!)

And no, in case you’re wondering, rosehip seed oil does not stain or tint your skin or lips!

Can I use Stewart & Claire Bare lip balm on my face? 

What’s great about this unscented lip balm is that you can absolutely use it on other skin, especially if it’s in need of extra moisture. Because it’s so rich and contains wax, we don’t recommend applying it to skin that’s prone to breakouts. But it’s perfect for rubbing on your cheeks or anywhere that feels extra dried out or chapped, especially in the winter.

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How to Learn to Love Winter January 13 2022, 0 Comments

Over the last few years, I've gone from hating winter to embracing it. Celebrating it. Maybe even loving it. 
I mean, when else is it not weird to go to bed at 9 pm? 
What other season does it feel exactly right to re-watch Gilmore Girls or binge a few Marvel movies in a row? 
When else can you dip a bunch of bread and vegetables into melted cheese and call it dinner? 
Yes, it's so cold that my muscles seize up when I first step outside. And it's still so very dark by the time I end my workday. 
But if you're looking for ways to make this cold dark season not only bearable, but fun, here's what works for me: 
  • Get outside every day. Seriously. I can't tell you how much an invigorating walk lifts my mood.
  • Dress for the weather. Being outside in winter is only fun if you can keep warm. I finally bought a pair of frumpy fleece-lined pants and couldn't be happier.
  • Start a new project that makes you happy. Since this time of year is often less social than the summer and the holidays, it's a great time to dig in on a project. Last winter, I worked on a podcast about plants. This year, I'm doing more writing and reading, just for fun. And my daughter and I might teach ourselves to make pasta.
  • Indulge. Order oysters. Drink bubbly wine. Wear nice PJs. Take a long bath. Watch movies all day. You have my permission. It's winter.
  • Aromatherapy yourself to warmth. Certain smells just make us feel warmer inside. Ginger and cinnamon—those “pumpkin” spices— come to mind. Vanilla and cocoa do too. At home, you can burn scented candles to immerse yourself in a warming scent. 

    If you want some aromatherapy on the go, you can try our Winter and Autumn lip balms. Scented with cocoa, vanilla, and cinnamon, Winter is reminiscent of Mexican hot chocolate while Autumn has more of a pumpkin spice vibe. One smell of either will warm you from the inside out.
Hope you're staying cozy this season and feel free to reply with ways you've learned to embrace…and maybe even love winter. 

Why We Donate to She Should Run November 07 2017, 0 Comments

The Rosé Collection

The day after last year’s presidential election was a rough one. It was worse than a hangover from three Negronis. Squashing panicky feelings was like an emotional game of whack-a-mole. The environment! Women’s rights! LGBTQ rights! The fate of immigrants! And refugees! On no, and healthcare! Nuclear war! Economic inequality! Are you panicking yet, too?

Unfortunately, my fears were not unfounded. Attacks on vulnerable people and land happen daily. With each nasty tweet, I fear we’re losing our ability to feel outrage.

When I launched The Rosé Collection earlier this year, I knew I wanted it to be a subversive product. Yes, let's all salve our wounds with rosé, but let's also change the world, shall we? We are still tiny business, so I knew I needed to find a cause that helps solve multiple problems.

Last January, a friend posted something on Facebook about She Should Run, a nonpartisan organization that helps train women run for office. I soon learned that women only hold about 20 percent of federal elected offices and 25 percent of statewide elected offices. In my own state, a woman has never run for governor. While I know electing more women to office is not a panacea for every ill that faces our country, having governing bodies that better represent our population can only help fix many of the problems our country faces. 

Through a digital incubator, e-courses, and local in-person events, She Should Run teaches women the ins and outs of running for office and helps them overcome the barriers, many of them psychological, to entry. They also have a program in which you can encourage a woman you know to run.

The organization's message is getting out there. In the past year, they’ve enrolled over 15,000 people in their incubator. In my own life, I know three women who are running for office for the first time, including women who never thought of themselves as candidate material.

So far, through sales of The Rosé Collection, we have donated $745 to She Should Run. I’m thrilled to support this organization, and cheers to all of the women on the ballot for the first time this year. And with that, please don’t forget to vote! It’s the most important thing you can do to help support the change you want to see.

A Drink and Things: Sparkling Rosé Sangria August 05 2016, 0 Comments

Sparkling Rose Sangria with Aperol and Peaches

(Photo from Serious Eats)

Welcome to this week's installment of A Drink and Things. It's officially high summer now, which is why this week's drink is perfect! It's a mash-up of two summer favorites: sangria and the Aperol spritz and the whole thing is served over peaches. You can find the recipe over on Serious Eats

And now for some things:

Try this: I read recently that some models use lip balms on their cheeks to make them look extra glowy. 

Read this: Inspired by my new book, I wrote a piece about how potlucks might be what we all need in these divisive times. 

Make this: These cheesecake bars just happen to be gluten-free and they are out of this world good. 

Shop here: We're heading to Portland, Oregon, and Seattle next week and are so bummed we won't be around when this awesome cocktail shop is open!




    West Elm Pop-Up Tomorrow July 29 2016, 0 Comments

    We're taking a break from our Drinks and Things column this week to prepare for a pop-up tomorrow at West Elm in Philadelphia. Hope to see you there!

    A Drink and Things: Riesling Punch with Gin, Cucumber, and Lime July 22 2016, 0 Comments

    Riesling Punch with Lime and Cucumber from Modern Potluck
    Photo by Yossy Arefi, from Modern Potluck (Clarkson Potter 2016)

    Welcome to this week's very special installment of A Drink and Things. It's very special because I've got some big news. I wrote a book! You might remember that, in a former life, I was an editor for Food & Wine magazine. I still write about food on the side, and two years ago, I began working on my first cookbook, Modern Potluck. Next Tuesday, the book will be out in the world and I'm thrilled!

    And now, onto our regularly scheduled programming. 

    A Drink!
    No surprise, but the drink this week comes from my new book. It's the best summer cocktail to make for a crowd because it doesn't require ANY citrus squeezing. All you have to do is mix some wine with gin, simple syrup, sliced cucumbers, and limes, and you are good to go. You can find the recipe below. 

    Some Things!
    I've been following this story about how Black Lives Matter supporters and Wichita, Kansas, police officers held a barbecue. Maybe potlucks can save the world?
    The Neurotic Eater's Grocery List is both amazing and overwhelming. 
    Have you ever wondered what the key to deliciousness is? 

    The Recipe!

    Riesling Punch with Gin, Cucumber, and Lime

    This pitcher drink is immensely refreshing and easy to make, with no citrus squeezing required. For a crowd, you can easily double or triple the quantities and serve it in a punch bowl or one of those multi-gallon drink canisters. Recipe from Modern Potluck (Clarkson Potter, 2016).

    Serves 4 to 6
    1 (750-ML) bottle dry Riesling
    ¼ cup gin
    ¼ cup simple syrup (see Note)
    1 lime, thinly sliced
    1 small cucumber (2 to 3 ounces), thinly sliced
    1. In a large pitcher, combine the wine, gin, simple syrup, and sliced lime and cucumber. Refrigerate until well chilled, at least 1 hour. Add 1 cup of ice cubes and serve in ice-filled glasses.

      Note: To make simple syrup, combine ¼ cup sugar and ¼ cup water in a pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved, 1 to 2 minutes. Let cool. The syrup will keep in the refrigerator for 1 month.

      POTLUCK PREP. The Riesling, gin, and simple syrup can be combined and refrigerated for up to 2 days. Add the lime and cucumber within 4 hours of serving.

    A Drink and Things: Vermouth and Soda July 15 2016, 0 Comments

    It's another sad week here in the world. The horrible attack in Nice yesterday hit home for me, as I was in the south of France on Bastille Day last year. My heart and thoughts are with the city and the victims. 

    A Drink

    It is HOT here in the Northeast, with the kind of humidity that steams up the windows and creates a halo of wispy hair around my head. To help keep cool, I'm sharing a cocktail that's low alcohol and refreshing. Dare I say it's also hydrating? You can get the recipe below. 

    And Things

    I finally stopped buying cheap sunglasses from the pharmacy and sprung for a pair of Warby Parkers. The name of the color of the frames sold me instantly: Himalayan Salt. 

    In other news in things pink, I'm declaring this the rosé of the season

    Love Hemingway? Me, too. I'm dying to read this book. 

    The Recipe

    Vermouth and Soda with Lemon
    Makes 1 drink

    2 ounces sweet vermouth
    1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
    4 ounces soda water

    In a collins-type glass, mix together the vermouth and lemon juice. Fill the glass with ice and top with soda. Enjoy.  

    A Drink and Things: Pamplemousse July 08 2016, 0 Comments

    I make lip balm. I write about cocktails. I clearly like to keep life light. And yet, it's another sad week here in the US, with the tragic murders of two black men by police officers, and the killings of five police officers at a Dallas protest. It's sickening and heart- wrenching. 

    I read an article about quiche that made me feel calm for a moment, but otherwise, I overwhelmed myself with news articles and analysis trying to understand why. Why does this keep happening? 

    This clip from Trevor Noah is a must-watch.  

    Otherwise, all I've got for you is a drink. With lemon juice, grapefruit juice and gin, this cocktail is both sour and bitter, just like this week. The only sweetness comes from elderflower liqueur, which you can now buy in small bottles. 

    I wish you all a peaceful, restorative weekend. 

    Pamplemousse Cocktail

    Adapted from Food & Wine

    1 ounce London dry gin
    1/2 ounce St-Germain elderflower liqueur
    1 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
    1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
    1 large basil leaf, for garnish

    In a cocktail shaker, combine the gin, elderflower liqueur, grapefruit juice and lemon juice. Add the ice and shake well. Pour through a fine strainer into a chilled coupe and garnish with the basil leaf.

    A Drink and Things: Mexican Spritz July 01 2016, 0 Comments

    A Drink:

    I found myself with a bottle of Aperol and a bottle of tequila (as one does) and wondered, what the heck could I ever make with these? Julie Reiner's excellent book, The Craft Cocktail Party, had the answer in the form of what she calls a Mexican Spritz. You can find the recipe below. 

    And Things: 

    - Have you seen this new site all about cocktails? We're hooked. And we especially appreciate this article about making 3-gallon cocktails for parties. 

    - Speaking of parties, this piece about summer entertaining for your Myers-Briggs personality type gave us a chuckle. 

    - Like a magic trick, this butterfly pea flower turns drinks blue naturally; when you add citrus juice, it slowly goes from indigo to violet. 

    - A friend of Stewart & Claire was quoted in this article about why younger, wealthier people are moving back into cities. 

    - Did you know that koji, a type of rice mold, is responsible for many delicious Asian ingredients, including miso and soy sauce? It's also one of the latest obsessions for chefs and hard-core cooks. Read about how one chef went to the Japan to learn to make koji. Which reminds me, I need to stir my own homemade miso!

    The Recipe

    Mexican Spritz

    From The Craft Cocktail Party by Julie Reiner

    1 1/2 ounces blanco tequila
    1 1/2 ounces Aperol
    3/4 ounce lime juice
    1/2 ounce simple syrup
    1 1/2 ounces club soda
    Lime wheel, for garnish

    In a shaker, combine the tequila, Aperol, lime juice and simple syrup. Add ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with 1 1/2 ounces club soda and place a lime wheel in the drink to garnish. 


    A Drink and Things: Jade Palmer June 24 2016, 0 Comments


    Hi all! Welcome to this week's installment of A Drink and Things. First, some quick news: The Negroni lip balms are now (finally!) ready to ship. Hurray!

    Now, A Drink:

    For this first official week of summer, I wanted to share a recipe that's ultra refreshing and (gasp!) boozeless. A riff on the Arnold Palmer, it's a drink you can have poolside, beachside or even desk-side. Get the recipe below. 

    And finally, some things: 

    Listen: I loved this interview with Moby on the podcast, Happier. He shared his thoughts on wealth and fame; New York in the 90s; why he moved to LA; and his creative process. I now am intrigued by his memoir, Porcelain

    Read: These reviews of grandma candy made me laugh. And I totally agree about Circus Peanuts. Who ever thought those were a good idea?

    Go: Cape May, New Jersey, is my default beach. I've been going there for over a decade now, but never have I eaten as well as I did this weekend. For the first time, my family and I went to H&H Seafood and it's exactly what you want in the summer: Seafood, simply cooked, eaten dockside. Even better, you can bring your own wine. We also popped by Beach Plum Farm's new expanded shop and restaurant. I was blown away by the quality of the ingredients and the cooking. I love that you could sit out at picnic tables right alongside the gardens. 

    Buy (or covet!): Speaking of the beach, I've been obsessing over these towel blankets by The Beach People for over a year now. And now they have bags!)

    Try: I've been drinking a lot of Austrian rosé this summer, so I was thrilled to see them getting some love

    Hmmmm: I'll be watching how the results of this Brexit vote unfold over the next few months. For now, this is all I have to say

    Jade Palmer

    Makes 2 to 3 Drinks

    The classic iced tea/lemonade combo goes green, with lime juice, a Thai basil simple syrup, and, of course, green tea. The basil has an intriguing anise-like quality, but you can also make the syrup with good old Mediterranean basil or cilantro. This drink is boozeless (gasp!) but is delicious spiked with gin or vodka. 

    For the syrup

    3 tablespoons sugar

    3 tablespoons water

    1/4 cup Thai basil leaves

    For the drink

    3 green tea bags

    3/4 cup boiling water

    3/4 cup ice water

    1/4 cup fresh lime juice

    2 sprigs Thai basil

    1. Make the syrup: In a small saucepan, heat the sugar with the water, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and add the basil leaves; let cool. 

    2. Meanwhile, make the drink: In a large measuring cup, pour the boiling water over the tea bags and let stand for 4 minutes. Add the ice water and lime juice.

    3. Strain the syrup into the drink and stir. Serve in ice-filled glasses and garnish with basil springs. 


    A Drink and Things: A Three Ingredient Cocktail June 10 2016, 0 Comments

    Hi all! It's been an exciting week here at Stewart & Claire. Our Negroni lip balm pre-sale went live on Monday. And our Summer lip balm is now available as well! 

    And now, let's get on to this installment of "A Drink and Things."

     First up, A Drink:

    The above cocktail is called the Adonis. It has a mere three ingredients (four, if you count the ice), and making it is a good excuse to use up the sweet vermouth I made you buy last week. Check out the recipe below. 

    And things: 

    It was my daughter's birthday this week, so I made this chocolate cake. It's dead easy and alway's good. 

    Speaking of my daughter, as a parent, I love this series about parenting around the world. Did you know that in Germany, preschools take three-year-olds on three-day trips (without parents!) to foster independence? Sign me up!

    After searching high and low for some great outdoor plates, we opted for these simple enamelware dishes

    Is anyone else excited by the fact that chef Zac Pelaccio is cooking southeast Asian food again? Time for a trip to Hudson, NY. 

    A friend recently started working for Sun Basket, a meal kit delivery service that focuses on fresh, sustainable, ethical ingredients from the West Coast. Now we can all cook like those smug Californians. ;)

    Have you heard about frosé? Are you yay or nay?

    Finally, the Recipe: 


    This low-alcohol aperitif is a classic, but this version comes from Komi restaurant in Washington, DC, and was published by Food & Wine magazine in 2010. 

    1 1/2 ounces fino sherry
    1 ounce sweet vermouth
    2 dashes orange bitters

    In a cocktail shaker, combine fino sherry, sweet vermouth and orange bitters. Add ice and stir well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.



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