Celebrate with a Cocktail!
Half way through your day of sightseeing in Italy or in the early evening when it’s time to relax you find yourself sitting at a table in a little restaurant on the edge of a beautiful piazza. You would like something to drink but not in the mood for wine. What about an Italian cocktail? What should you try? It depends on where you are and what you like. Italian cocktails come from different regions of Italy from Venice, where you would find the perfect Bellini, to the south where you will find delicious and refreshing lemoncello.
Bellini was invented in 1948 in Harry’s Bar in Venice. It quickly gained popularity with vacationing celebrities. The ingredients? Quite simply it is Prosecco and white peach puree. Another favorite cocktail from Venice is the Aperol Spritz. It is so popular that you will find it in Florence and even down in Capri. This refreshing drink is made with Prosecco, Aperol, soda water and orange slices.
Negroni Sbagliato is certainly another favorite summer drink in Italy. It’s made with a splash of Spumante which is a sparkling wine. Did you know that Sbagliato means “wrong”? The cocktail was named this because Spumante is used instead of gin which is found in the original Negroni. While Negroni was created in Florence Negroni Shagliato was created in Milan during the 1960’s. The ingredients include: Campari, Martini Rosso, Spumante and orange slices.
When planning a trip to Southern Italy a huge favorite is lemoncello. Think of it as chilled lemonade with a kick. Made from the lemons from Capri and from the lemons that hug the cliffs of the Sorrento area. Add a shot of vodka, water and sugar. This “digestive” needs to be sipped slowly and enjoyed.
Finally, here’s a drink that some consider a cocktail without the alcohol. It’s called Caffe Shakerato. Shakerato coms from the English word “shake” which is how one mixes this drink. Caffe Shakerato gives one energy while lowering the body temperature with its cool frothy taste. The ingredients? Fresh Italian espresso, sugar and ice cubes. Next you shake and shake it for 30 seconds and you have Caffee Shakerato. You probably call it an iced coffee but you haven’t really had an ice coffee until you’ve tried the Caffe Shakerato.
After making your decision on which cocktail to drink sit back, relax, enjoy your Italian cocktail while sitting in a piazza filled with life. When you are planning your trip to Italy, make sure you include some of these cocktail ideas.0