Italian Cocktails that will Help You Sip Start Your Summer This Year Thanks to the Italian Spirits Promotion Project
Here are some delicious Italian cocktails that will get your summer soiree off to a great start! Add Italian Spirits into your Life!
The Italian Trade Agency (ITA), a governmental agency entrusted with the promotion of Italian food, wine, and other alcoholic beverages in the USA, is educating consumers on Italian Spirits through the Italian Spirits Promotion Project. The ITA is working with a variety of unique spirits including Amaro (an herbal, bittersweet spirit) Grappa, (Italy’s national spirit) Limoncello, Vermouth and other small niche categories that add a unique and exotic touch to traditional cocktail recipes.
The premise of the Italian Trade Agency’s Spirits Promotion Project is to introduce and educate the American trade to the craftsmanship and authenticity of Italian distillates, fortified wines, liqueurs and cordials.
With bartenders being the gatekeepers of this knowledge, the ITA’s goal is to showcase the variety of Italian Spirits to the consumers and instill in them a newfound appreciation for the unique characteristics, notes and ingredients of each product.
Flicks and Food is here to help get you acquainted with these highly prized and appreciated Italian Spirits. Get ready for a journey of discovery, one bottle at the time. Salute!
Nocino: A dark brown liqueur from the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy. It is made from unripe green walnuts and has an aromatic bittersweet flavor. The walnuts and the liquor are handled using ceramic or wooden tools (to avoid oxidation) and placed in an alcoholic base. After steeping in spirit, the walnuts are removed, and the alcohol is mixed with simple syrup.
Nocino is often made at home at with different alcohol content but the commercially available ones are typically 40 percent alcohol by volume.
Nocino is traditionally sipped as a digestif on its own after a meal. But with the rise in popularity of Italian liqueurs, more bartenders are mixing it into modern concoctions.
Nocino has a fragrant nose and palate of walnuts. Very nice used as an after dinner drink or mixed with others spirits for a cocktail.
1,75 Oz Rye whiskey (Nocello and Whiskey cocktail)
0,5 Oz Nocello
0,5 Oz Dry vermouth 0,25 Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
2 Dash: Orange bitters Expressed orange peel
Method: stir Glassware: rocks Ice: large cube Garnish: expressed orange peel
A broad category of fruit Liqueurs that are made with variety of different fruits. Popular Italian fruit liqueurs include Limoncello (flavored with lemons), Fragolino (made from tiny wild strawberries), and Peachello (Peach flavor).
Limoncello: An Italian lemon liqueur mainly produced in Southern Italy, especially in the area around Naples, Sorrento, Amalfi and islands of Procida, Ischia and Capri. It is made by steeping the zest or peel of lemons without the pith into grain alcohol until the oil is released. Limoncello is typically served on its own ice-cold as an after-dinner drink (Digestivo). It can also be used in cocktails to give a sweet citrus kick.
Gin: A distilled Spirit that derives its predominant flavor from juniper berries (Juniperus communis). In addition to juniper, gin tends to be flavored with botanical/herbal, spice, floral or fruit-flavors or often a combination. The European Union has established a minimum alcohol content of 37.5 percent alcohol by volume for Gin but most of them are much higher.
In the past two decades Italy has started to produce several gins. While gin is not a native spirit to Italy, the country provides wonderful juniper berries to many distillers across the world.
Limoncello Gin Cocktail
1 oz Rossi D’Asiago Limoncello
1 oz Rossi D’Anegra Gin
3 oz club soda
Lots of ice
Lemon peel for garnish
Fill a tall glass with ice. Add Limoncello and gin. Top with club soda and stir. Garnish with lemon peel.
PANKY FAZZOLETTO – (Nocello and Gin cocktail)
1,5 Oz London Dry Gin
0,75 Oz Nocello
0,5 Oz Sweet vermouth
0,25 Oz Fernet Expressed orange peel
Method: stir Glassware: cocktail Garnish: expressed orange peel
**Full Disclosure: I received product in exchange for my review, but not to worry, all opinions are 100% mine.