Happy Labor Day holiday to all of my friends in the states. I hope everyone is enjoying a day of rest and relaxation. Here’s an easy, Italian-inspired beverage to make this day extra fun: the beer americano. This cocktail is perfect for the last blistering days of summer.
It pairs perfectly with the salty goodness of potato chips and other cookout fare. Look for this and other amazing summer cocktails in my book Cocktail Italiano!
Beer Americano Serves 1
You will need: – 1 ½ ounces Campari – 1 ½ ounces sweet vermouth – 3 ounces lager beer – lemon zest, for garnish
Combine Campari, vermouth and ices cubes in a tall tumbler, stir to combine. Pour the beer into another glass, stir to create a stiff foam, reserve the foam with a spoon top the cocktiail with the beer foam, about 3 ounces.
**Note: For a lighter Americano feel free to pour 2 ounces of the beer in to the cocktail as well. However, this should be done before you top the cocktail with the foam.
Boozy popsicles are such a fun twist on typical summer desserts, especially since they’re a dessert and a cocktail in one!
Typically, I make this recipe as a gelato, but a few years ago, I tested turning it into a refreshing summer popsicle aperitivo, and it worked! While I haven’t revived the recipe this summer, I think it’s about time to do so.
When you serve them, pour a thumbs height of Campari in a pretty glass and place the pop into the glass. The melty pop mingles with the Campari to create a delicious and very Italian Apero. Divine!
Cantaloupe Campari Pops
Makes 10 pops
– 1 Cantaloupe, cut into pieces*
– 1 cup water
– 1 cup sugar
– 1/4 cup Campari
*Note: you can substitute 3-4 cups of passion fruit (about 15 passion fruits)
Make a simple syrup combining the sugar and the water using a small sauce pan on medium heat. Turn off the heat once it starts to boil and set aside to cool.
Blend the cantaloupe and the syrup in a bowl using a hand blender, or blender. Add the campari and put into popsicle molds*.
*Note: I like to pour the puree into the molds using a pitcher; it’s easier.
Freeze for at least 5 hours. Place into warm bath for about 30 seconds to unmold and wrap individually in parchment and place back into the freezer. They can be stored for up to a month, although ours are gone in a week.
Ciao from Italy! As you all know, it’s Memorial Day which is the unofficial start to summer, so I’m sure many of you are enjoying cookouts.
If that’s you, I’ve got a wonderful festive summer cocktail for you: the Negroni Fizz. Not only is this drink a bold red (perfect for Memorial Day), but it’s delicious too.
If you are having a few friends over, mix-up a big batch without the rose and put it in a cute drink dispenser. Then, allow guests to fill their glasses at will. Leave ice buckets of rose nearby for attendees to top their drinks. This will keep the bubbles fresh and add a fun little DIY to the party.
To really make a statement, find some cute blue and white paper straws, too. Super festive and fun.
You will need:
– 1 ounce Gin
– 1 ounce Martini Sweet Vermouth
– 1 ounce Campari
– 1 1/2 slice of orange for garnish
– Ice cubes
– Martini Sparkling Rose
Combine Martini Rosso and Campari Gin in a shaker filled with ice. Strain into an ice-filled tumbler 3/4 full and top off with the Martini Sparkling Rose. Garnish with an orange slice and enjoy.
As I’ve said before, I often turn to my archives for inspiration, especially for recipes. It’s like combing through your mother’s recipe index only to rediscover a recipe for a dish long-since forgotten. The best part is remembering a dish (or in this case, a drink) as soon as you find it again. That’s exactly what happened with this recipe for my lime gimlet.
A gimlet is a classic cocktail made with gin and lime. Think of it almost as a gin margarita. In this case, I kick it up a notch by adding a bit of thyme simple syrup and fresh thyme sprigs. It’s a refreshing cocktail for summer nights.
Annette’s Lime Gimlet
You will need: – 1.25 oz Bombay Sapphire Gin
– 1 oz Fresh squeezed Lime Juice
– 1 oz. Thyme Syrup
– 1 thinly sliced lime and a sprig of fresh thyme
For the simple syrup, you will need:
– 1 tablespoons lime zest
– 2 tablespooks lime juice
– 1 cup sugar
– 1 cup water
To prepare simple syrup:
Put all ingredients in a small pot , simmer for 10 minutes let cool. Store in a jar for up to 2 weeks.
To prepare the cocktail:
Pour the gin, lime juice, and thyme syrup into a mixing glass half-filled with ice cubes. Stir well.
Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass and garnish with the lime slice and fresh thyme sprig.
Whenever you order a cocktail at a bar in Italy, there is always food involved. Simply brilliant. I think it may be my favorite part. Full disclosure: I love seeing what bars choose to serve with their cocktails. Sometimes it’s just olives and the humble potato chip, and sometimes it’s the most lovely fresh focaccia with sublime charcuterie, a veggie frittata or mini salad. Poached shrimp, rice salads, and fried calamari are some of my favorites.
Here is a recipe for olive oil poached shrimp, inspired by the tradition of aperitivo. This recipe serves up a true summer delicacy!
Olive Oil Poached Shrimp
You will need:
– 3 cups olive oil
– 3 large fresh rosemary sprigs
– 18 uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined
– 4 Lemon wedges
Add 3 cups olive oil into heavy large saucepan, and add rosemary sprigs. Attach deep-fry thermometer to side of saucepan and heat oil over medium heat until thermometer registers between 165°F and 180°F. Sprinkle shrimp with salt and pepper. Add shrimp to hot oil and poach just until shrimp are opaque in center, adjusting heat to maintain temperature between 165°F and 180°F, about 8 minutes. Transfer shrimp to paper towels to drain. Serve at room temperature, garnish with lemon wedges.