The recipes for the most famous Italian cocktails

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Apart from pizza and spaghetti, the Italians know very well how to make interesting drinks.

A country rich in gastronomic tradition like Italy could not have an equally heavy heritage in drink. To be precise, the Italian culture on cocktails goes back more than two centuries, with drinks that apart from great taste have character. So we present you those Italian cocktails that you should know.

Negroni

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One of the most classic choices, the iconic cocktail inspired by Count Camillo Negroni, in Florence, in 1919. According to the story, Camillo originally wanted to make an Americano (Campari, sweet vermouth, club soda) but the end result did not satisfied. Thus, he replaced club soda with gin and the famous Negroni was born.

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 scoop gin,
  • 3/4 scoop Campari,
  • 3/4 scoop sweet vermouth.

Execution: Pour all the ingredients into a mixing glass and mix together with ice for about 20 seconds. Strain into an old fashioned glass with ice – preferably a large ice cube – and garnish with an orange peel.

Americano

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It was first made and served at the Gaspare Campari’s Bar in Milan and its original name was Milano-Torino. This is because the Campari came from Milan and the sweet vermouth from Turin. During the Prohibition period, American visitors to the city and to Italy in general demanded it more and more, hence its current name. Among other things, it was the first cocktail that Vesper debunked in the 007 movies, as ordered by James Bond (Daniel Craig) at Casino Royale.

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 scoop Campari,
  • 1 1/2 scoop sweet vermouth,
  • 3 scoops soda.

Execution: Pour some ice cubes in a glass and add the Campari and the vermouth. Stir and at the end put the soda while stirring. Garnish with an orange peel or slice.

Negroni Sbagliato

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The year is 1972 and Mirko Stocchetto at the Bar Basso in Milan accidentally add sparkling wine instead of gin to a Negroni. Before emptying it into the sink to make a regular drink, he realizes that this variation that this random variation makes sense. By the way, sbagliato in Italian means wrong. Ideal drink for those who want to add a few bubbles without losing the authentic feel of Negroni.

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 scoop Campari,
  • 1 1/2 scoop sweet vermouth,
  • 3 scoops of sparkling wine.

Execution: Put all the ingredients in a glass full of ice and mix. Garnish with a slice of orange.

Aperol Spritz

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The Italian aperitif has its roots in the greater Veneto region and dates back to the 19th century, when Venice was also under Austrian occupation. That’s why his original recipe was based on the Austrian Spritzer – a drink that combines white wine and soda.

  • Ingredients:
  • 3 scoops Prosecco,
  • 2 scoops Aperol,
  • soda.

Execution: All ingredients are placed in Aperol Glass with ice and mixed. Garnish with a slice of orange.

Bellini

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The cocktail, which is a collaboration between champagne and peach, was invented in the mid-1940s at the legendary Harry’s Bar in Venice. Its creator was Giuseppe Cipriani and his inspiration was the tunic of St. Francis on a painting by the Renaissance painter Giovanni Bellini.

  • Ingredients:
  • 2 scoops of peach puree,
  • 1/2 scoop of Creme de peche liqueur (peach),
  • 1/4 scoop of lemon juice,
  • Prosecco.

Execution: Beat the first 3 ingredients with ice in the shaker and strain into an iced glass. Fill with Prosecco and mix lightly. Garnish with a slice of peach.

This article was originally published on: https://esquire.com.gr/

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