13 Italian Cocktails For Your Next Happy Hour
Looking for an Italian apertif for your next happy hour? You've come to the right place. From classics (like this basic limoncello recipe) to our twists on traditional drinks (OK, so they probably didn't sip La Croix "Backwards" Bellinis during the Renaissance), you're going to want to bookmark this collection of Italian cocktail recipes.
A splash of beet juice not only mellows out bitter Italian Campari, but also gives this aperitif an alluring earthy undertone and a deep purple hue. Serve with olives and cheese for your most sophisticated beachside happy hour yet.
Ruby Red Negroni Fizz
The buzzy addition to the old-school aperitif makes this a primo choice for happy hour on the porch.
Raspberries and strawberries really brighten up the flavors in this berry cocktail. Serve it up at a party for a perfectly summery and refreshing sip.
Satisfy your boozy craving with this simple, sweet, and lighter rendition of a classic cocktail.
Raspberry Rosé Bellini
This simple and elegant spring cocktail is the perfect accompaniment to a special brunch spread, such as our Ultimate Eggs Benedict . Though the recipe was developed with Mother's Day in mind, the rosé simple syrup used to create this cocktail offers a multitude of delicious possibilities any day of the week.
La Croix "Backwards" Bellini
Rather than a traditional bellini, which consists of fresh peach purée and Prosecco or sparkling wine, we flip-flopped the bubbly beverages and opted for a sparkling peach seltzer (such as La Croix) along with a sweet white wine, like Riesling or Moscato.
Aperol and Blood Orange-Mint Spritz
This bubbly cocktail showcases blood oranges, which have a tart-sweet flavor. You can also use navel oranges. You can easily scale up the recipe for a crowd.
Pear and Pomegranate Bellini
For an elegant and fruity cocktail ready in just 5 minutes, try this easy bellini made with brandy, pomegranate juice and prosecco.
Campari, Lime, and Grapefruit Cocktail
A bit of cachaça from Brazil and a dash of Campari from Italy, topped off with grapefruit soda from the Caribbean … who said worldly and pink couldn't fit in the same glass?
Wine Country Americano
This simple Italian cocktail couldn't be easier: Just combine vermouth and Aperol in a mixing glass, stir, strain, top with sparkling wine, garnish, and enjoy!
Strawberries take the place of peaches in this version of the classic Italian drink.
Limoncello is good ice-cold on its own, but it's also delicious in a lemon drop martini, mixed with sparkling wine, or splashed over a bowl of fresh fruit. Since it takes two weeks to infuse the bracing citrusy flavor into the vodka, start this gift early and decant it into pretty sterilized glass bottles.
The original version of this cocktail hails from Harry's Bar in Venice. Our rendition substitutes strawberries for the traditional peaches. You can prepare the strawberry base up to one day ahead. Make sure to give it another spin in the blender just before mixing the cocktails.