3 Italian Cocktails You Need To Try
It would be difficult to capture the essence of Amaro cocktails without a proper explanation of the relevant terminology. The first thing to know is that Amaro is Italian for bitter. As one may infer by the name alone, one of Amaro’s distinguishing feature is its bitterness. This can be explained by the fact that Amaro is commonly flavored with herbs such as gentian, angelica, cardoon, and ginger. What may surprise you however, is that Amaro is known to be simultaneously bitter and sweet. A possible explanation to this is that Amaro is commonly flavored with several dozen herbs and roots.
Another factor that determines whether a digestif is an Amaro cocktail is its place of origins. This is an important point to emphasize because only digestives that were conceived in Italy can be considered Amaro cocktails. Based on what has been discusses so far, it is acceptable to come up with a few words that loosely define Amaro.
It is true that most styles of Amaro are taken as a digestif, but there are some sub-groups of Amaro cocktails such as Carciofo that are consumed prior to eating a meal. Carciofo cocktails consist of herbs that are almost exclusively made up of an assortment of artichokes.
Now that we have a basic understanding of what Amaro cocktails are, it becomes appropriate to discuss LìOLà Pizzeria’s favorite Amaro cocktails.
3. The Negroni
The first Amaro cocktail worth discussing is the Negroni. While the true origins of Negroni is unknown, it is rumored that the drink was conceived at Caffè Giacosa in 1919. The bar which is now known as Caffè Roberto Cavalli is situated at the heart of Florence in Via de’ Tornabuoni.
When it comes to making your own Negroni, it is important to have the proper ingredients. The cocktail requires that an ounce of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth be mixed in a glass with ice, and then simply stir.Once the previous step has been completed, one must then strain the contents into a rocks glass filled with ice cubes. Only then can one enjoy the pleasant tastes of bitter-sweet red liquor.
Giuseppe Garibaldi was an Italian general who helped reunify Italy in the 19th Century. So why name the cocktail after him? Well to answer this question, let’s look at the ingredients. The cocktail itself is made up of only three ingredients, orange juice, Campari, and ice cubes. Although easy to make, some people say that it is the cocktail’s simplicity that gives it its charm
With respect to the symbolism the Garibaldi cocktail projects, the mixing of ingredients signifies the reunification of Italy. In fact, the tropical sweet taste of orange juice represents southern Italy where delicious citrus fruit is commonly grown, while the bitter Campari represents northern Italy, where wild herbs used to produce amaros can be found in the mountainous regions of the Alps.
For those who are already familiar with these types of cocktails, LìOLà Pizzeria remains an interesting place to visit. We have a collection of Amaro-style cocktails unique to our pizzeria.
1. Here or There
The Here or There cocktail for example, perfectly embodies the spirit of Amaro cocktails. It is best characterized as attaining just the right level of bitterness and sweet, creating an unbelievable experience for your taste buds. To recreate our signature cocktail, you will need one ounce of Fernet Branca as well as half an ounce of gin and simple syrup. In addition to those ingredients, you will need a sufficient amount of ginger beer to top off your drink.
Although the recipe just described closely resembles how the Here or There cocktail is made at LìOLà Pizzeria, we excluded some of the ingredients…as it is a closely guarded secret. If you are looking to immerse yourself in our unique cocktail experience, your only option is to visit LìOLà Pizzeria. Only then will you understand why we love our drinks so much.
When it comes to serving cocktails, LìOLà Pizzeria caters to the tastes and experiences of all our guests. Whether you are new to cocktails or have mastered the art of cocktail making, we can assure you, our cocktails will excite your taste buds and leave you returning for more. Don’t take our word for it, come try it for yourself.
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