There is no doubt that Italy is a land of espresso and wine. These options will never disappoint you and even the smallest bar of a little unknown village somewhere up in the mountains will provide the best quality of these two label drinks. But if you are spending time there, then do not be so bored and show the locals that you are not a stupid tourist. There are plenty of other great Italian drinks that are perfect to refresh yourself from the daytime heat or to celebrate the nighttime fun. Explore the new tastes and enjoy life!
One of the most popular drinks that Italians love to serve before food at any time of the day is just water with a few leaves of mint. You can ask for “acqua e menta” and you will get a glass of icy water without ice cubes with fresh leaves of mint. If you want something sweeter, then grab a bottle of the most famous Italian lemonade Sanpellegrino Chinotto. This is an Italian version of cola that is flavored with the fruits of chinotto. This is fizzy, sweet, and a little bitter drink that tastes the best when it is served with a few ice cubes and a tiny slice of lemon.
The desert after your lunch might be changed by a shot of shakerato, if you want to pretend an Italian. This is something like iced coffee and milkshake because the original Italian shakerato is made with a shot of espresso, ice, and a tablespoon of sugar syrup. Everything is mixed in a cocktail shaker and served in a martini glass.
A very popular option for aperitive is a cocktail called Negroni. It is made sweet rose vermouth, Campari, gin, a few drops of orange, and everything is served with ice cubes. You can order this cocktail almost everywhere, but it is originated from Florence.
The Italian version of the Mimosa cocktail is called Bellini. This is a glass of sparkling wine mixed with white peach nectar or white peach purée and this is a very popular drink for brunch or early lunch. The cocktail was invented by Italian bartender Giuseppe Cipriani who was working in one little Venice bar in 1930. The new cocktail was fresh, tipsy, and had beautiful colors, so it was named after the famous Italian painter Giovanni Bellini.
It is forbidden to leave Italy without enjoying a shot of the classical liqueur Limoncello. It is made with lemon zest, neutral spirit, sugar, and water. Originally, this liqueur was in Capri and later spread around Italy. This drink has a bright yellow color, and the taste is sweet, fresh, strong, aromatic, and a little bitter. It is usually enjoyed as an aperitive, always well chilled and sometimes served in ice-cold glasses.
Finally, the trendiest cocktail is Aperol Spritz that was invented in Venice, as a result, sometimes it is called Spritz Veneziano in Italy. The main ingredient is Aperol liqueur made from orange, rhubarb, gentian, and neutral spirit. This liqueur is mixed with prosecco and soda water, garnished with a slice of orange, and served with ice cubes. Aperol Spritz might be called the tastiest and stylish summer drink.