Good news! Italians love to meet up for an after-work aperitivo at their local bar. Often, Italian cocktails are enjoyed standing up, accompanied by tasty stuzzichini per aperitivo (finger food appetisers). So, fit right in with the locals and order one of these 3 classic Italian cocktails:
#1 The Aperol Spritz
– 1 part Aperol, 1 part Prosecco, and a dash of soda water
Firstly, of all the Italian cocktails, the spritz may well be the most iconic of all time. Garnished with an orange slice, this heavenly medley is slightly bitter and has a refreshing citrus flavour. Besides, it’s light in alcohol, so you can have more than one!
#2 The Bellini
– 1 part nettare di pesca (peach juice), and 1 part Prosecco
Or you could go the girly route and order this equally delicious, sweet, fruity, lip-smacking nectar. Harry’s Bar in Venice invented the Bellini. Traditionally, it’s served in a champagne glass, and will unleash the inner Venetian aristocrat in you!
#3 The Negroni
– 1 part vermouth rosso, 1 part bitter Campari, and 1 part dry gin
Lastly, a cocktail with a kick! Those looking for stronger flavours will love this one. Legend has it Count Camillo Negroni of Florence asked his bartender to strengthen his favourite drink with gin. Thus was born the red, dry and bitter Negroni!
So, as the Italians say: Salute (Cheers)!
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