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3 renewed cocktails with Campari

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Cocktails with Campari offer such a characteristic taste that it makes them distinctively Italian. We present some of these combined and completely renovated recipes which were created by the finalists of Campari Bartender of the Year 2015. The second edition of this competition was held a few days ago in Milan, Italy, the winner being the bartender from Turin, Andrea Dracos.

Andrea Dracos

Made by the winner of the contest, as the Best Barman Campari 2015, this cocktail contains the following ingredients.

  • 3 cl Campari, Cinzano and Cynar
  • Cinzano Vermouth 3 cl 1757
  • 2 cl Cynar
  • Lemon zest

The trick is to mix the Italian appetizers, such as Campari, Cinzano and Cynar, the latter known for having a secret formula that includes artichokes and 13 different herbs. These flavors are blended and offer surprising tastes that renew the world of aperitifs.

Andrea Paci

Another of the finalists who developed an original cocktail with Campari, tequila and limoncello. Here there are the ingredients:

  • White tequila 3 cl
  • 3 cl Campari
  • 8 cl fresh grapefruit rose
  • 2 cl limoncello
  • 1 sprig of marjoram

The contrast of tequila, with Campari and limoncello, the most famous Italian lemon liqueur, offers an explosive mixture.

Cynthia C. Iron

A Campari cocktail created by yet another finalist of this competition is starring lemon, and grapefruit appetiser Cynar. The acidity of grapefruit along with lemon is strong and powerful, in a very good cocktail, which is finished decorating the glass with twigs of bergamot and thyme.

  • 1 cl sugar syrup
  • 1 cl lemon verbena liqueur
  • 2 cl Cynar
  • 4 ounces Campari
  • 4 cl grapefruit juice
  • 2 slices of lemon

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Campari 1L:  a vermouth from Italy with an alcohol strength of 25º. 

 

 

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Cynar 1L: a vermouth from Italy with 16.5º of alcohol. 

 

 

The Spritz

 - Among the most fashionable alcoholic beverages nowadays, the Spritz is becoming one of the most consumed in many parts of the world, especially in places where there is a large community from Italy, the country of origin of this refreshing aperitif.

The birth of Spritz probably goes back to the days of the Austro-Hungarian domination of the Italian regions of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, and so its name, from the German. This is a drink currently made with white wine, sparkling water or soda and Campari, Aperol or similar, with the addition of an orange or lemon slice or an olive. In fact, each establishment has its particular recipe and we can find endless variations of the drink, almost as many as bars offering this beverage. 

One of the things that has most contributed to the success of Spritz, which has become a ritual in some of the main Italian cities -especially in the north of the country- and increasingly in more places of the world, is that it is usually consumed after work, during the so-called Spritz hour, accompanied by various snacks like pickles, small sandwiches, potato chips… as a transalpine version of the typically Spanish tapas. In some places this drink is even offered as an alternative to the more traditional long drinks, after dinner and at parties or events. 

Its relatively low alcohol content, around 15 degrees, depending on the recipe, makes it a fun and refreshing alternative to wine, beer or stronger and more elaborated cocktails, ideal with some snacks before dinner with friends and becoming, thanks to the skill and expertise of the Italians to export their customs and way of understanding life, a true phenomenon of global scope.

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Aperol 11º

 

 

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Torres 10 Magnum 1.5L

 

 

Italian Vermouths : The most famous ones

 TAGS:The vermouth, a family member of the German absinthe, is a liqueur made from white wine and absinthe, served as an appetizer. The vermouth was born in the city of Turin in 1700 and has not stopped to please the most refined palates in the world since then.

The vermouth can be dry white, from France or red and sweet, from Italy. From the late eighteenth century, the brothers Luigi and Giuseppe Cora started to industrialize the preparation of Vermouth.  

Italian vermouth comprises over 40 herbal extracts, roots, flowers, spices and fruit essences. They are mixed with alcohol in a container, two turns a day for a period of two weeks and after that the wine and sugar are added.

Among the most successful Italian vermouth worldwide it is necessary to talk about Campari, a drink created in 1860 in Milan, owned by the Campari Group. It has spread around the world thanks to a strong advertising campaign with big movie stars and with its characteristic red icon. It is refreshing on the palate; it is now produced in Italy, Brazil and Argentina.

Another popular brand is Cinzano Vermouth, created in Turin by the Cinzano family since the sixteenth century, who made wine and acquired a license to distill brandy. In 1757, returning from the University of Torino, the Licor Confectioners Carlos Stefano and John James Cinzano start to open market business everywhere. In the late eighteenth century the red vermouth was created and manage to make history worldwide. In 1999 Cinzano is acquired by the Campari Group.

There are different presentations: Cinzano Rosso is the traditional presentation of vermouth, Cinzano Bianco, whiter and drier than rosso, the Cinzano Extra Dry, a slightly spicy dry vermouth or Cinzano Rosé, with a pinkish exquisite taste of roses, among others.

Cinzano also has a number of fizzy drinks as Gran Cinzano, Muscat made from white Trebbiano, Chardonnay or Pinot Cinzano sparkling wine made from Pinot and Chardonnay, and others.

Other vermouth Italian of great importance are the Montana Perucchi and Martini & Rossi, the starter probably is nice to share with family and friends, is that it is perfect while enjoying the more interesting chats. Reminds to serve it cold with some ice and soda.

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Vermouth Perucchi Gran Reserva 1L

 

 

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Cinzano Rosso 1L

Aperitivo hour: the latest trend in the UK

 TAGS:In the UK any excuse is perfect for socializing. The aperitivo hour fashion has come strongly to pubs and cafes that let themselves and their customers get inspired by one of the best moments of the Mediterranean culture. If Bridget Jones would had known this, she would have sung a different story.

Spain and Italy, both are pioneers in this healthy tradition that is actually the after work precursor but at a different time. It consists in going out for a drink before lunch time. Generally it is a beer or a wine accompanied by a small tapa. In the most chic version it is a cocktail and some canapés, while the most traditional side comes out when you ask for a vermouth and a plate of olives. But what, how and where they are not important, the main thing here is that it really becomes a meeting point, a place in time to relax and to unwind in the middle of the day.

Meet friends, family or, more common, approach with co-workers to the nearest bar and take a round or two, if the schedule permits, is the essence of the aperitivo hour. Those who are more fortunate can prolong it until after work and as if it is their lucky day, perhaps it can lead them straight to the happy hour. It cannot get any better.

Campari is the most demanded drink in these aperitivos but the cava is not far behind and it is order both to be drunk alone or together with something else, in a costume made long drink. Along these lines I would like to recommend to ask for the famous “Agua de Valencia” made with a mixture of cava, gin, vodka and orange juice.

The only disadvantage to the aperitivo hour if you enjoy it with grace and elegance is that after it no one is really able to get back to work. Writing those emails, billing, reviewing the project or contacting some customers seems way too uphill. The truth is that you can really relax in those twenty minutes in the middle of the day, but of course, you have to see the positive side and assess how beneficial it is for health and social relations.

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Martini Rosso

 

 

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Fernet Branca