Red Hot Cocktails

Eva Green and Campari

Campari’s latest advertising campaign with the very lovely Eva Green, in a series of top bright red designer gowns by Vivienne Westwood, Versace, Alaia and Christian Louboutin, telling the story of 12 different Campari cocktails.

Negroni?  Americano? Boulevardier?  What’s your poison?

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Italian Cocktail of the Week: Italia Settanta Cinque

When visiting Naples, a friend  introduced us to the classic French 75 cocktail.  This was originally created at the New York Bar in Paris, later Harry’s New York Bar, in 1915.  The potent combination of gin, lemon juice, Champagne, and sugar was said to have a kick like a French 75mm field gun and the name stuck.

There are many recipes around which try and give this classic cocktail an Italian twist.  One adds limoncello instead of the lemon juice; another muddles the gin with basil, before using grapefruit juice and bitters.  One recipe substitutes grappa for gin.

But I think this recipe via Feast best preserves the gin/fruit/fizz intent of the original.  It uses the freshly squeezed, slightly bitter, juice from a blood orange, a fruit native to Italy and the primary orange grown in the country.  And of course Prosecco instead of Champagne.

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Italian Cocktail of the Week: Sgroppino al Limone

What better on a Italian evening than to sit outside, sipping this classic boozy smoothie from the Veneto, the terra firma of Venice.

The Sgroppino is a lovely blend of lemon gelato, vodka and prosecco, the local sparkling wine.  With its origins in the 16th Century when it was eaten by aristocrats between fish and meat dishes, it can be drunk as a pre-dinner cocktail, as a palate cleanser or as a digestif.  The word Sgroppino means ‘to untie’ and the light, icy, lemony whipped snow cuts through the palate.  And it only takes a few minutes to make.

Recipe (via the Guardian) below

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Italian Cocktail of the Week: Orange Blossom Special

The weather here in Naples has at last taken a turn for the better.  The temperature is up, the shorts and summer dresses are out and the sprinklers are on in the evening.  Time for a cocktail which you can find all over Italy.

What better way to celebrate the arrival of Summer than to mix and serve this classic Aperol Spritz.  It’s a feel-good, relaxed and refreshing drink, low in alcohol and high in style, which comes with a slight, but not overpowering, bitter taste.  Its orangey-rhubarby hue makes it unmistakeable in the bar or on the beach.  And it comes in a cool bottle too.

The recipe is simple:

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