Best Italian Cocktails To Lift Your Spirits This Summer

These Are The Best Italian Cocktails To Lift Your Spirits This Summer

It should come to no surprise our interest in Italian drinking customs, or what we dub, Aperitivo culture. Italy has a rich history of amazing cocktails that have lift people’s lives for decades. From nips served in cafes dating back to the 18th century, mixtures named after 1980’s rebels, to a drink that is an Italian nightclub staple. These libations offer imbibers an opportunity to gather with friends to unwind and sip. Italian liqueurs, including Amaro, Grappa, Limoncello or Vermouth are key ingredients found in many pre and post dinner drinks. Known for their unique, herbaceous flavors, smooth texture, Italian spirits can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, and also work well a variety of cocktails and long drinks.

If missing out on International travel this year, why not recreate a taste of Italian dolce vita from home? Create a relaxing al fresco Aperitivo as the sun sets complete with a refreshing spritz and cicchetti. To help, we have rounded up the best Italian Cocktails, new as well as vintage, to lift your spirits this summer to get you in the mood.

Mt Old Fashioned Is Best Italian Cocktails To Lift Your Spirits This Summer

Mt. Etna Old Fashioned

Ingredients:

Method:

Add ingredients into cocktail mixing glass. Stir with ice and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with orange peel.

Best Italian Cocktails To Lift Your Spirits This Summer

Rosato Spritz

Method:

Built all into a wine glass filled with ice and garnish with a sliced strawberry.

Best Italian Cocktails To Lift Your Spirits This Summer

For Whom The Sun Rises

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Amaro Sibilla
  • 0.75 oz grapefruit juice
  • 0.25 oz lime juice
  • 0.25 oz Maraska Maraschino (cherry brandy)
  • 0.25 oz simple syrup
  • 5 drops salt solution (3 parts kosher salt to 1 part water)
  • Grapefruit peel (placed in the shaker)

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin and shake hard 15 times to aerate. Double-strain into a chilled coupe.

Not A Sazerac Best Italian Cocktails To Lift Your Spirits This Summer

Not a Sazerac

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Rye
  • 0.5 oz Amaro Dell’Etna
  • 0.5 oz St. Elder Elderflower Liqueur
  • 0.25 Absinthe or Pastis

Method:

Add ingredients into cocktail mixing glass. Stir with ice and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with lemon peel.

Best Italian Cocktails To Lift Your Spirits This Summer

Italicus Cup (Single or sharing )

Ingredients:

Method:

Build in a tumbler Garnish with a Grapefruit wedge

Best Italian Cocktails To Lift Your Spirits This Summer

Italicus Spritz

Ingredients:

Method:

Build over ice cubes in a large wine glass Garnish with three green olives.

These Are Best Italian Cocktails To Lift Your Spirits This Summer

Bicicletta

Ingredients:

Method:

Prepare directly over ice in a wine glass. Garnish with a lemon or orange peel.

The Roof Top

Ingredients:

  • 5 oz Vermouth Vandalo
  • 5 oz rhubarb liqueur
  • Top up chinotto
  • Orange Zest

Method:

Build all ingredients into low tumbler with ice.

Garden Beach

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Gin lightning
  • 5 oz Vermouth Vandal
  • 5 oz pink grapefruit juice
  • Luxardo maraschino cherry

Method:

Add ingredients into cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain in Martini glass.

Negroni Spinto

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz gin Fulmine
  • 1 oz vermouth vandalo
  • 1 oz bitter spinto
  • Zest grapefruit

Method:

Low build all ingredients into Tumbler with ice.

Angelo Azzurro

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Gin
  • .75 oz. Triple Sec
  • .25 oz. Blue Curaçao

Method:

Stir ingredients and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.

Asmara

Ingredients:

Method:

Stir ingredients and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon peel

Cardinale

Ingredients:

Method:

Stir ingredients and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.

Garibaldi

Ingredients:

Method:

Prepare directly over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with half orange slice tucked on the side of the glass.

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