Most famous Italian cocktails have one thing in common: they use wine-based spirits as the main ingredients. Campari, Aperol, and other sipping wines are some of the most famous traditional ingredients in traditional Italian cocktails such as the Negroni and the Aperol spritz. Today, we’ve compiled a list of our top five favorites for you to bring home Italy at home one refreshing, flavorful sip at a time. The list includes a few great options you probably haven’t tried before and should help get your feet wet on the world of Italian cocktails.
Campari is an excellent choice for your first Italian cocktail. Often served with a little bit of ice or a cherry, this drink is usually made with gin. It’s a dry, straight forward cocktail that’s typically served on its own or a sideboard.
The Appeals are another favorite choice of many Italian cocktails. The sweet, citrus flavor of the Aperolin will make you want to stop and sip it. The fruity taste of the Aperolin pairs very well with the intense, bitter flavors of the Campari. The Aperolin is often served in a punch and on its own with a cherry or lime wedge. For an added kick, try mixing the Aperolin with gin. You’ll get a combination that will leave you feeling like you’re on vacation.
Another classic cocktail you’ve probably heard of called the Negronis is another excellent option when looking for an Italian cocktail to pair with food and wine. Holiday Party Venue Made with gin, triple sec, and orange juice, the Negronis is a great way to start the dinner party with a kick. The citrus and herbal flavors of the gin will begin to take off after you’ve had it on its own and will leave you wanting more! To take a few more sips. If you’re going to kick the drink up, even more, consider adding some fresh fruit.
Some people don’t know it, but the Carpano is another essential ingredient in many Italian cocktails. The sweet-tart flavor of the Carpano can be an excellent base for a wide variety of cocktails, including the Manhattan and the Negronis. And is great for pairing with several food dishes. Try using a Carpano cherry in place of a cherry on top of a tomato salad or a Carpano pear on top of a simple white sauce for a tasty variation on the Negronis.
Just take some time to look at different recipes, and you’ll find one you love to make.