As you've all seen we've had both Greek and Indian dinner, so it's about time we take the food travels to Italy for some pasta and a few Italian drinks.
As we were planning our menu for the night we kind of stumbled upon the idea of making cocktails in Italian fashion, and who am I to say no to a great idea huh? So cocktails it is! Keep in mind though when you're reading this, we're not always keeping the original recipes, due to the simple facts that our little bar at home did not have all the ingredients.
Aperol SpritzSo let's start off with a fun fact, did you know that the drink's also called Spritz Veneziano because the drink has its roots in Venice. I actually had my Aperol Spritz in Venice, sitting at an outdoor terrace overlooking the canals. That was not bad, I'll tell you that much.
But let's stick to the actual topic and skip right to how I made my Spritz. There are lots and lots of versions of how to make one, but this is how I like mine:
- White wine
- Sparkling water
- Ice cubes
- A few slices of Orange
BelliniBelieve it or not, but this drink has its origin in Venice as well. It was first introduced there in 1940, so it's safe to say that this one stood its ground. If you ask me, I would say that its kind of a spin-off on Mimosa, which is orange juice and champagne - and not a favorite of mine. This one though is on the sweeter side, so I kind of like it.
- Peach juice or peaches to press for ren (the later is preferred)
- Prosecco or Sparkling wine
- Peach slices for decorations
The HugoThis is such a fresh and summery drink, with its key ingredients Mint and Elderberries, that grows quite quickly in the northern parts of Italy called the Dolomites. But don't be alarmed, it's totally drinkable during the colder seasons as well, just switch out the ice and add a warm blanket.
- Elderberry juice.
- Sparkling white wine or Prosecco.
- Lemon Juice.
- Mint leaves.
- Ice cubes.
- Lemon or lime for decorations.
If you are searching for a recipe for this drink, there is a wild variety of it, and I am sure that you can make it in several ways that will make it just to your liking. If I eat a dessert, which I usually don't if it's not cheese, a Spiked Affogato would be it for me. Some might not even call it neither a cocktail nor a dessert, but an Italian ice cream treat. Originally it's said to be spiked with a liqueur called Amaretto, so that's what we used, but it's said to be just as tasty with whiskey or Baileys.
- Hot coffee, preferably espresso.
- Vanilla Gelato.
- coffee beans or cacao to garnish with.
This may just be the easiest drink to make. Get your glass out, preferably a short and shallow one. Scoop a big ball, or two, of that vanilla ice cream in the glass. Pour the Baileys and a splash of whiskey on top of the ice cream, do the same with the espresso. Add the beans and Buon appetito!
So we do hope that this post will give you some inspiration on how to spend your quarantine time, reading a lot of amazing recipes for cocktails, not drinking them, and getting intoxicated of course. After all, stay home and stay safe!