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Italian Drinks

Italy, the country of great coffee, is also famous for its many alcoholic drinks. World-renowned Italian liqeurs such as Amaretto with its strong almond taste and aroma and Limoncello, a lemon liqeur from the south of Italy, are very popular with Italians and tourists alike. If you're a fan of vermouth, have a Martini, and if you like flaming drinks, order a Sambuca, a star anise Sicilian speciality served in shots which are usually lit by the barman. Tourists who aren't looking for such attractions can enjoy a glass of Prosecco, Italian sparkling wine, or a glass of the wonderful red wines from the Chianti region in Tuscany.

Rather used as a seasoning sauce than as a drink, acetello is a different name for ordinary vinegar. Acetello has a very long tradition. The Romans called it posca and considered it a symbol of poverty, as even the poor could easily afford it.... more
Amaretto is a very sweet liqueur which smells and tastes like almonds but in facts is made from a basic infusion of the stones of drupe fruits, for example peaches. The name derives from Italian amaro, meaning 'bitter', which indicates the... more
Bellini, one of the best known cocktails all over the world, is originally a mixture of sparkling wine, usually Prosecco and peach purée . It was created between 1934 and 1948 by Giuseppe Cipriani, a barman in the famous Harry's Bar in Venice. The... more
This popular liqueur originally comes from Reggio Calabria. It is made from the special kind of bitter oranges, called bergamot. It has a bright golden colour and an exquisite aroma of juicy fruits. It can be served as a dessert after dinner, and... more
Caffè alla Valdostana is a typical Piemontese drink. It gained a big popularity in the Alpine ski resorts, because it tastes great in the cold evenings. It is usually served in giant wooden containers, so each person can take a sip from a spout and... more
Campari is an alcoholic apéritif made of bitter herbs, plants and fruit combined with alcohol and water. The history of Campari began in Novara in 1860. The recipe for this famous alcoholic drink was invented by Gaspare Campari and is still... more
This exceptional liqueur made from a rare plant, called carrubo can be found only in Sicily and Sardinia. It has a very long history as its origins date back to the ancient times. Initially it was served as a sweet and dense syrup, then converted...
Chianti is undoubtedly the most famous of all red Italian wines. Its name derives from the traditional region of Tuscany, where it was originally produced. The wine is mostly based on Sangiovese grapes. Its origins date back to 1716, when the...
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