10 Iconic Italian Cocktails
by Ivano Martignetti
Mastroianni’s class, Sean Connery’s style, Humphrey Bogart’s charm- these icons always seemed to look their best at the bar counter, where an elegant barman served impeccable cocktails in Martini glasses or in pure crystal tumblers.
A world away from the tacky barmen and plastic glasses that we sometimes have to deal with these days, but fortunately the cocktail myth lives on..
Italy has done a huge part in reinforcing the appeal and glamor of cocktails. The cocktail trend really took off in the fifties, and Italy with its deep sense of fashion and design was perfectly suited to the ritual of cocktail preparation, the service in uniquely shaped glasses. Italians welcomed the latest drink trends freshly arrived from the States. But Italy also innovated with the creation of new cocktail recipes. Barmen and notable drinkers left their legacy to the next generations.
Here are ten of the best Italian cocktails, certainly the most Iconic:
Ingredients: 5/10 Vermouth rosso, 5/10 Bitter Campari, Soda Water
Preparation: Stir directly in an Old fashioned ice filled glass, top it up with soda water and garnish with a slice of orange
Ingredients: 1/3 Vermouth rosso, 1/3 Bitter Campari, 1/3 Dry Gin.
Preparation: Served on the rocks, you need to use a medium tumbler or a old fashioned glass, stir the ingredients directly in your glass and garnish with a half slice of orange and lemon peel.
Ingredients: 5/10 Gin, 3/10 Vermouth dry, 2/10 Bitter Campari
Preparation: Also Cardinale fancies the Old fashioned ice filled glass, chilled. Stir and serve
Ingredients: 3/10 Nettare di pesca (peach juice), 7/10 Spumante Brut (Prosecco is traditional)
Preparation: Build it directly in a Champagne flute, pouring peach juice first and then Spumante Brut. No decorations unless you feel very creative.. .
Ingredients: 3/10 Nettare di fragole (strawberry juice), 7/10 Spumante Brut
Preparation: It is a variation of the Bellini. Same preparation. Should you feel like experimenting further variations, we suggest you to try as well Mimosa (orange + brut), il Tiziano (“strawberry grapes” + Brut) ed il Puccini (mandarin + Brut)
6. Gin and It
Ingredients: 3/10 Vermouth rosso, 7/10 Gin
Preparation: Pour the ingredients in a mixing glass and serve in a cocktail cup with a red cherry.
Ingredients: Aperol 2/10, Prosecco 8/10, Seltzer
Preparation: Fill a tumbler or a red wine glass with ice, pour Aperol, Prosecco and top it with Soda water. Garnish with a slice of orange.
8. Martini Cocktail
Ingredients: 8/10 Gin, 2/10 Vermouth dry.
Preparation: This is a tricky one, Martini lovers get a bit emotional about the way they want it, bartenders sometimes can’t keep up with them.. Anyway the original recipe says you have to pour in an ice filled mixing glass gin and vermouth dry, stir well and serve in a chilled cocktail glass. Please don’t forget a green olive and lemon peel. There are many variations of this cocktail, here you can find some of them: Perfect Martini, Sweet Martini, Smoky Martini, Dirty Martini, Vodka Martini, Gibson, Martinez..
9. Angelo Azzurro
Category: After dinner (very…)
Ingredients: 6/10 Gin, 3/10 Triple Sec o Cointrau, 1/10 Blue Curacao
Preparation: Pour the ingredients in shaker, shake well and serve in a ice filled or a cocktail cup. No garnish needed.
10. God Father
Category: After dinner
Ingredients: 3/10 Amaretto di Saronno, 7/10 Scotch Whisky
Preparation: Pour the ingredients in a ice filled Old fashioned glass and stir well. From the States we got the female version of it, God Mother (3/10 Amaretto di Saronno, 7/10 Vodka)
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