5 Italian Summer Cocktails you can’t miss
During summer evenings in Italy, one of the popular activities of Italians as well as tourists is going to a bar and having their favourite Italian summer cocktail while enjoying the company and good music. With more or less alcohol, fruity, sweet, or sour… the possibilities for cocktails go as far as the imagination of your trusted barman can go! But for those that want to stick to tradition… here are 5 Italian summer cocktails you can’t miss.
The classic Spritz is a light and easy cocktail for all occasions. It’s perfect to be drunk at any time of the day.
There are many variants of the Spritz recipe, some are more alcoholic than others, some are on the sweeter side while others are bitter. It all depends on the quality of the ingredients, the ratio and the unique additions made to the drink!
Ingredient ratio for a unique revisited Spritz
- 3 parts of Metodo Classico Lambrusco
- 1 part of Fig Leaf Liquor
- 1 splash of Soda or sparkling mineral water
Another option for a light summer aperitivo is the Hugo cocktail. It is often referred to as a “white” alternative to Spritz and in some places you can also find it under the name “Hugo Spritz”. But in reality, Hugo has its own identity as an Italian summer cocktail and is loved by people of all ages, and especially those that like sweet flavours.
Ingredients for Hugo
- 15 cl of Metodo Classico Lambrusco
- 2 cl of lemon balm syrup (Elderflower syrup is often used as a substitute because it’s easier to find)
- 1 splash of Seltz, Soda or sparkling mineral water
- a few mint leaves
Summer coincides with the ripening season of peaches and for this reason, we can’t forget to mention Bellini when it comes to Italian summer cocktails.
The recipe is very simple, as it consists of only two ingredients, but the result is not at all banal. The secret of this delicious cocktail lies in choosing the best well-ripened white peaches, which must be crushed and filtered until pure nectar is obtained.
Ingredients for Bellini
Like the classic Gin Tonic, the base of the Mirto Tonic is also composed of gin and tonic, but the addition of the Mirto liquor gives it a new Sardinian flavour with fruity and herbal tones.
Ingredients for Mirto Tonic
- 4 cl of Gin
- 2 cl of Mirto liqueur (or you can try it with Mirto Cream)
- 6-8 cl of tonic water
- a slice of orange (or lime)
Negroni Sbagliato, also called just “Sbagliato” (which means “Wrong” in Italian), is a much lighter cocktail than the classic Negroni and more suitable as a summer drink.
The Negroni Sbagliato recipe becomes less aromatic and complex thanks to the replacement of gin with a Spumante metodo classico. The sparkling wine mixes well with the bitter and the velvety vermouth, creating a unique cocktail.
Ingredients for Negroni Sbagliato
- 3 cl of sparkling wine such as Alta Langa DOCG Metodo Classico Riserva Spumante Pas Dosé “Zero”
- 3 cl of Classic Bitter
- 3 cl of Red Vermouth
- 1 slice of orange