Lucini Italia Co. is proud to be your choice for the finest real olive oil, premium pasta sauce, and other gourmet Italian foods. We believe that great tasting food comes from only the most cared-for ingredients, which is why we put all our effort into making small batches of organic, all-natural ingredients. Eating Italian food should be an experience – not a means to an end – and that includes cocktails as well! For your pleasure, allow us to provide you with the recipes for five of the most iconic Italian cocktails out there.
The martini cocktail is one of the most well-known and iconic alcoholic drinks. Its exact origin is unknown and it’s speculated that it’s been around for over 150 years! Because of its longevity, it unsurprisingly has plenty of variations, including the dry martini, the dirty martini, and the perfect martini. Whatever you choose, don’t forget the olive!
3 oz. Gin
0.5 oz. Dry Vermouth
Filla shaker three-fourths full with ice. Add Gin and Vermouth. Cover and vigorously shake until condensation forms on the outside of the shaker. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with olives.
The Bellini pairs sweet white peach purée with Champagne for a refreshingly light, bubbly beverage. This drink is most commonly a staple at brunch or enjoyed as a summer aperitif.
1 oz. white peach purée
3 oz. chilled Champagne
Pour white peach purée into a Champagne glass and top with Champagne. Garnish with a fresh peach slice.
Although similar to the Bellini, a Rossini swaps strawberries for white peaches and Prosecco for Champagne. This beverage is best enjoyed in place of Mimosas at brunch, an aperitif, or with dessert.
1 oz. puréed strawberries
3 oz. chilled Prosecco
Pour strawberry purée into a champagne glass and top with Prosecco. Garnish with a fresh strawberry.
Aperol Spritz, also known as a Spritz Veneziano or just Spritz, is an Italian wine-based cocktail that is commonly served as an aperitif. This golden orange cocktail is not too sweet and just the right amount of bubbly for a refreshing finish.
2 oz. Aperol
3 oz. Prosecco
A splash of Seltzer
Fill a wine glass with ice, then add the Aperol, Prosecco, and Seltzer. Garnish with an orange slice for added color.
Thought to be named after the popular movie, The Godfather, this surprisingly smooth drink gained its popularity in the ’70s as a nightcap. The Godfather is typically served on the rocks but can also be enjoyed neat in an old fashioned glass. Alternatively, if you don’t feel like having scotch, substitute vodka to make a Godmother.
¼ oz. Amaretto
2 oz. Scotch Whiskey
Fill a mixing glass ⅔ full with ice. Add the scotch whiskey and amaretto. Stir until chilled. Strain into an ice-filled old fashioned glass.