Aperitivo : 3 Italian Summer Cocktails

Aperitivo hour is a daily sunset cocktail hour celebrated across all of Italy. It’s when friends and couples meet to enjoy the last hours of the day over a cocktail with some light snacks.  The cocktails of choice are to stimulate the digestive system for the meal ahead. All you need is an old-fashioned glass filled with ice. Your typical aperitivo cocktails are made with ingredients such as Aperol, Campari, gin, Prosecco and soda water. We recommend you present your aperitivo with a platter of cheese, olives and pickles.

In celebration of the reopening of Karma Borgo di Colleoli in Tuscany Italy, we bring to you three refreshing Aperitivo cocktails to enjoy…

Aperol Spritz

This bubbly Prosecco-based cocktail is one of Italy’s most famous aperitivos! From Florence to Capri, you’ll see locals sipping this sunset-coloured cocktail all over Italy.  Simply pour 1¼ oz Aperol (a bitter orange herb liqueur) with 2 oz Prosecco and a splash of soda water over ice into an old-fashioned glass and garnish with an orange wedge.


Italy’s most sophisticated classic cocktail that tastes dry and bitter, yet refreshing. 

Known as a Florence-born drink from the 1920’s, Negroni is very easy to make. Pour equal parts of gin, vermouth rosso and Campari over ice in an old-fashioned glass and garnish with a wedge of orange.

Campari Spritz

This cocktail has a slightly more bitter taste than the classic Aperol.  Campari is a secret recipe made with herbs, aromatic plants and fruits, that was originally created in the 1860’s by Gaspare Campari in the town of Novara near Milan. To make a Campari Spritz, pour 2 ounces of Prosecco or sparkling wine and 1 ounce of club soda plus 2 ounces of Campari into an old-fashioned glass with ice and garnish with a green olive.

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  1. Well, we were booked for Karma Borgo di Colleoli for August 2020, but unfortunately no traveling this year. So thank you Karma for this lovely Cocktails recipes. Will definitely have all of them, even though we are in the middle of Australian winter. There is always a reason to either celebrate or just enjoy them with friends and family. Hope to be in Tuscany in the near future.

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