7 Italian Cocktails


Discover seven Italian cocktails that will transport your taste buds to Italy.

Italian BartendersPhoto byDaryl Hirsch/2foodtrippers

Traveling to Italy has culinary rewards that include pizza and pasta as well as many more Italian foods and desserts. But, make no mistake – some of these edible rewards are best imbibed from a glass.

In Italy, people fill sidewalk cafes every day of the week. While munching on a range of snacks, from salumi to cheese, their hands clutch glasses of wine as well as flutes filled with sparkling prosecco and a variety of classic Italian cocktails.

Fun Fact
Italians don’t say cheers when they make toasts. They say salute or cin cin instead.

Drinking Italian Cocktails in Italy

We drank this Aperol Spritz on an Italian cruise ship.Photo byDaryl Hirsch/2foodtrippers

Cocktails are nothing new in Italy.

Italians have been sipping Aperol Spritzes and Negronis for more than a century. It just took some time for Italy’s sophisticated sippers to jump the pond in a serious way.

The popularity of those two particular Italian cocktails has skyrocketed in recent years to the point that it’s practically impossible to find a bar in the United States that doesn’t serve one or both. However, while we sip the occasional Negroni and Aperol Spritz, they’re not the only Italian cocktails we craft at home.

Drinking Italian Cocktails at Home

Crafting Italian cocktails at home is the next best thing to drinking them in their homeland.Photo byDaryl Hirsch/2foodtrippers

We drink a variety of Italian drinks at home when we enjoy aperitivo sessions filled with olives, cheese and assorted cured meats. It’s a custom we learned about in Bologna and one that we’re happy to recreate when we have company as well as when we don’t.

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