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10 Delicious Italian Cocktails

Italians are just not expert wine makers, they can also create a delicious cocktail!

1. Negroni

Negroni

The Negroni is a popular Italian cocktail that came from Florence. To make this drink, you combine 1 part gin, 1 part Campari, and 1 part sweet vermouth into a mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain into a rocks glass with ice and garnish with an orange peel. 

2. Bellini

Bellini

Originating in Venice, the Bellini is one of the simplest cocktails you can make. All you need is a champagne glass, 1 tablespoon of white peach puree, then fill the rest of the glass with Prosecco, and you’re done!

3. Americano

Americano

Despite the name, the Americano was first invented in the 1860s in Milan. The drink was originally called Milano-Torino, but it was renamed due to its popularity among American tourists. The Americano calls for 1 1/2 ounces of Campari and 1 1/2 ounces of sweet vermouth. You combine them in an old-fashioned glass filled with ice, then you top it off with 3 ounces of club soda. You can add an orange slice or a lemon twist for garnishment if you like.

4. Aperol Spritz

Aperol Spritz

The Aperol Spritz goes back to the 1800s in the Veneto region of Northern Italy. The cocktail came about because visitors from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, who controlled the area, thought Italian wines were too strong. To create this drink, you need equal parts Aperol and Prosecco. Combine in a wine glass, add a splash of soda water, and stir. Top it off with an orange slice garnish. 

5. The Garibaldi

The Garibaldi

This cocktail is named after the famous Italian general Giuseppe Garibaldi. Pour four ounces of fresh-squeezed orange juice into a highball glass, add 1 1/2 ounces of Campari, and stir. 

6. Cardinale

The Cardinale

The Cardinale’s origins are not certain; some say it originated in Venice others say it was born in Rome. To create this drink, you combine equal parts gin, Italian red bitter liqueur, and dry vermouth in an old-fashioned glass. Stir together and then garnish with an orange slice. 

7. Angelo Azzurro

Angelo Azzurro

The Angelo Azzurro’s origins have been lost over time, but everyone agrees it definitely came from Italy. Add 3 ounces of gin, 1 1/2 ounces of triple sec, 1/2 ounce of Blue Curacao, and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake for about 20 seconds then pour into a martini glass. Add a lemon twist, and the cocktail is complete. 

8. Negroni Sbagliato

Negroni Sbagliato

This cocktail is said to have originated when a bartender was making a Negroni and added sparkling wine instead of gin. You combine 1 ounce of Campari, 1 ounce of sweet Italian vermouth, and 1 to 2 ounces of sparkling wine. Top it off with an orange wedge. 

9. The Hugo

The Hugo

Original from the Tyrol region of Italy, this drink is ideal for any season. Fill a wine glass with ice,  add 4 ounces of Prosecco, then a splash of St. Germain liqueur followed by a splash of club soda. Add a sprig of rosemary, fresh mint leaves, 1 orange slice, and lemon peel, then the drink is complete. 

10. Sgroppino

Sgroppino

The Sgroppino came from Venice deriving from the word sgropin, referring to classic sorbet. About a 1/2 hour before you make this drink put your vodka and Prosecco in the freezer. Take a 1/4 cup portion of lemon sorbet and whisk in a cocktail shaker until smooth. Add 3 ounces of Prosecco and 1 ounce of vodka and shake. Pour your drink into a champagne flute and garnish with mint. 

 

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