I was most surprised by the Sgroppino, because it really was an alcoholic dessert drink. Definitely making this one again! I also loved their Limoncello recipe. This is something I've made in the past, but this recipe using simple syrup instead of straight sugar really elevated the flavors. We also loved the Aperol Spritz. We had this often in Italy because it was so hot out and a cool cocktail was often in demand. I recommend making them and finding the ones you love!
Joanna and Colin
Epicurious Challenge Recipe: 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55/138
Aperol Spritz - We had this traditional Italian cocktail at many restaurants in Italy. Serves: 1.
Directions: Pour Aperol into a flute. Add Prosecco. Top with club soda and garnish with lemon peel.
Negroni - The gin drinkers liked this, the non-gin drinkers (Joanna) did not. It's bittersweet in flavor so know that going in! Serves: 1
1.5 oz gin
1.5 oz sweet vermouth
1.5 oz Campari
Directions: Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled glass and stir gently. Garnish with orange peel.
Limoncello - We've made limoncello numerous times but this is by far the best recipe we've ever tried. All you need is a bottle of vodka, peels from 8 lemons, and simple syrup. Serves: Lots
Directions: Combine 750 ml vodka with peels from 8 lemons in a 2-quart jar. Seal and keep in a cool, dark place for 1 week. Stir in 750 ml simple syrup* and strain. This recipe will keep for 1 year. Serve chilled or blend with ice to make the frozen version.
*Simple syrup: mix equal parts sugar and water in a sauce pan over medium heat until sugar is completely dissolved.
Sgroppino - This cocktail is basically a dessert. It's simple and flavorful. A little sweet and refreshing. Serves: 4.
Directions: Mix sorbet and vodka in a blender, just until combined. Stir in Prosecco. Divide among glasses and serve immediat
Bellini - This light, peachy drink is so refreshing! This recipe originally called for the peach skins to remain on, but after our first batch, we found that the skins created an odd texture. Tweaked recipe below! Serves: 6.
Directions: Purée peaches, lemon juice, and syrup in a blender. Add more syrup or lemon juice to taste. Pour 2T purée into each glass. Divide Prosecco among glasses.
Americano - This is a refreshing, bitter, and fizzy drink that is not at all like the coffee beverage. We learned that this was named after the American visitors that would often order this beverage. Serves: 1
1 oz Campari
1 oz sweet vermouth
Directions: Pour Campari in vermouth into a tall, ice-filled glass. Top with club soda and garnish with lemon peel.