In most cases a ‘classic martini’ consists of gin, vermouth and is garnished with olives or a lemon twist. There are other variations of course, vodka martini, dry, extra dirty, shaken not stirred etc.
However, many martini-loving travelers will come to realize that Italy is not one of these cases.
Martini is actually an Italian brand of liqueur that is practically a household name across the country.
So if you ask your waiter for a martini you may just get a glass of this liqueur on the rocks instead of the Bond-themed cocktail you were hoping for.
This classic Italian brand has developed an entire line of these liqueurs, so depending on your personal preference we highly recommend taking one of these for a test drive. The most typical flavors of Martini are:
• Martini Bianco: A spicy concoction with notes of lime and vanilla
• Martini Rosato: A clove, nutmeg, & cinnamon vermouth derived from red and white wines
• Martini Rosso: A natural caramel and regional herbs mix
The Spritz is most common in the Northeastern regions of Italy, but is loved by Tuscans just the same.
It is a lovely wine based cocktail, created with Prosecco, bitter liqueur, sparkling mineral water and garnished with an orange slice or an olive, according to taste
Even though it varies ever so slightly from city to city, the drink dates all the way back to the days of the Austrian empire in Venice and has remained a classic favorite since the early 1800s.
A Negroni Cocktail is the combination of gin with a semi-sweet red vermouth & a bit of Campari.
Almost always garnished with an orange slice, this cocktail is the perfect aperitif to get your evening going and is one of the preferred drinks in Tuscany.
The interesting point about Negroni is that it most likely originates from right here in Florence; many say that it was first concocted in 1919 at Caffe Giacosa.
The story goes that count Camillo Negroni asked the bartender to strengthen his favorite cocktail, the Americano, which then gave birth to the Negroni we know today.
If the Negroni sounds enticing but you’re looking for something with a little less ‘punch’ we recommend trying out the Negroni Sbagliato.
It’s roughly the same taste with the only difference being that the gin is swapped for a crisp, brut sparkling wine.
This drink calls Milan home but traveled its way down to Tuscany quick enough.
In Italian the word ‘sbagliato’ literally means ‘wrong’ because it’s an altered form of the original, so in essence ‘A Negroni made wrong’.
If anything were to ever happen to their beloved espresso the Italian population would cease to exist.
To many foreigners however, the thought of downing a shot of straight espresso could be a bit unsettling.
Espresso is created by forcing a small amount of boiling water through a small amount of finely ground coffee beans.
It is not unheard of for a person to take several espresso breaks periodically throughout the day. Stepping out of the office for a coffee becomes a delightful social experience as well as serving the purpose of a breath of fresh air to break up the mundane work hours.
A good espresso should be rich, creamy and bold and it’s perfectly acceptable to soften that bitter bite with some sugar and milk.
For those of you who just really aren’t sold on this whole espresso idea we suggest these alternatives:
• Caffe Macchiato: espresso with milk
• Cappuccino: espresso, hot milk and steamed milk
• Caffe Mocha: for the chocolate lovers!
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