From pasta and pizza to tiramisu, Americans have a pretty good idea how to eat like an Italian. But how does one drink like one? Well, there are of course shots of rich espresso and an abundance of wines, but the country also produces a number of fine spirits and has even contributed some classic cocktails.
So we picked out a few wonderfully refreshing recipes that call for Italian ingredients, including bubbly prosecco, bitter Campari and complex amaro.
So while you may not score an invite to George Clooney's villa on Lake Como this summer, at least you can get a taste of the experience by making these recipes at home. Buona fortuna!
The Negroni may be the most famous recipe calling for Campari, but this related tipple is just behind it. It’s been an Italian favorite since the 1860s. So what’s the difference between the two cocktails? An Americano uses club soda instead of gin. View recipe: Americano
Cucumber, lime juice, gin and club soda are all pretty standard hot-weather cocktail ingredients; what makes this drink unique is its backbone of bitter-and-sweet Averna Amaro. The so-called "cup of life" is delicious with brunch or can be enjoyed as an afternoon sipper.View recipe: Tazza di Vita
Bartender favorite Fernet-Branca has such a powerfully strong flavor that making cocktails with it requires careful finesse. Thankfully, St. Louis bartender Matt Seiter was up to the challenge, combining the spirit with cucumber, maraschino liqueur, lime juice, sparkling wine and tequila, of all things, to make a perfectly balanced drink.View recipe: Remnants of Summer
Dieci e lode is the highest grade an Italian student can receive, and we're sure you'll give this simple three-ingredient drink an A-plus. Grapefruit juice, gin and Campari turn out to be a fine combination.View recipe: Dieci E Lode
We'd be remiss if we didn't include this prosecco-based classic, which was invented at the famed Harry's Bar in Venice. And right now is the best time to make Bellinis: It’s peak peach season, and a tall glass of something pink and fizzy is ideal for the beach.View recipe: Bellini
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