Best Italian Drinks for your aperitivo
We have talked a lot about the passion Italians have for food. However, we also love sipping tasty and refreshing drinks, especially during the Aperitivo time, one of the most eagerly awaited moment of the day, when friends meet each other and chat comes along with Italian drinks and nibbles. Since an Aperitivo is specifically meant to whet your appetite, Italian drinks are light and slightly bitter rather than sweet. Each Italian drink hails from a different region, from the Veneto down to the south, so if you’re planning a summer cocktail party, serve them all for a near-effortless “tour of Italy”!
Aperol Spritz, a classic choice
An Italian Drink of choice for many Italians and now famous all over the world, Aperol Spritz is a red-tinted, refreshing and pleasant drink. It is made with Aperol, Prosecco and soda water. Aperol is an Italian aperitif made with bitter orange, rhubarb and herbs, with a very unique bitter and sweet flavor.
This Italian drink originates from Venice as a drink to pair with ciccheti (small snacks that are served pre-dinner), but you will see locals sipping Aperol Spritz everywhere in Italy, from Florence to Capri. It just speaks to the fame of this beloved cocktail and how easy it is appreciated.
With a color that reminds of the sunset on the beach, the sense of refreshment brought by Aperol and a really low alcohol content, it’s the perfect Italian Drink to properly end a workday and start an incredible evening.
Campari Spritz, for those who prefer bitter taste
Campari Spritz – it’s basically an Aperol spritz but with Campari. Made with campari, prosecco and a splash of club soda, it’s the Italian drink what you need come summer to satisfy your craving for a refreshing cocktail.
If compared to the Aperol Spritz, Campari has a darker color, displaying a vibrant shade of crimson. Campari Spritz is also the bolder of the two spirits when it comes to alcohol content, since it is nearly double the strength of Aperol.
Aperol is also sweeter and fruitier, while Campari is challenging and unapologetically bitter. That’s why so many people actually prefer Aperol but, our suggestion, if you love bitter and strong flavors, give it a try: you could find the perfect balance between bitterness and freshness!
Prosecco, to keep it simple
Often thought of as merely a cheap alternative to Champagne, Prosecco can be complex and tasty, and it also has a fascinating history behind it. Prosecco is an Italian sparkling wine with floral and citrus aromas. It is made with the Glera grapes known also as Prosecco grapes. The name comes from the Italian village of Prosecco, near Trieste
If you want to keep it simple, order a glass of Prosecco. Even if it’s not an Italian drink it has some distinguishing features that makes it a perfect choice for your Aperitivo.
Its low alcohol content, the finesse of its fruity, fragrant and fresh aroma, the pleasing yet not overwhelming acidity makes it a versatile, simple glass that literally call for freshness and lightness, a perfect Italian choice for summertime entertaining.
Negroni, the stronger one
Bittersweet and refreshing, the Negroni is one of the most renowned Italian Drink. Once upon a time, Count Camillo Negroni asked a bartender in Florence, Italy, to “fix” his usual Americano – Campari, sweet vermouth, and club soda – by making it stronger. The bartender swapped club soda for gin, and thus the first Negroni was born.
Today, the Negroni is still made with equal parts Campari, sweet vermouth, and gin. Garnished with a twist of orange peel, it is arguably one of the best Italian drink in the world – and one of the simplest to create in the comfort of your own home for a delightful aperitivo.
And while it’s a bit too spirituous for more than one at aperitivo hour, the Negroni has transformed itself into a certified superstar.