The Italians are home to some of the best food in the world. Pasta, pizza, Florentine steak, pastries – no matter how much time you spend in Italy, you’re going to come home a few pounds heavier. Italy is also home to some unique, delicious drinks that every traveler should taste when visiting. Here’s our list of 6 drinks you’ll want to try when you visit Italy.
The perfect way to end a meal. Produced in Southern Italy, particularly in the Amalfi Coast and near Naples, Limoncello is the perfect digestif, which is why it’s the second most popular liqueur in all of Italy. See #3 on our list to find out about the most popular liqueur.
2. Aperol Spritz
Aperol, a bright orange bitter liqueur, was invented back in 1919 in Padua, Italy. It’s often compared to Campari, though it’s less bitter, and contains less than half the alcohol content. Prosecco, Aperol, and a splash of soda water and you’re in business.
3. Campari Spritz
As was alluded to, Campari is the most popular liqueur in all of Italy. While it can be found in a Campari Soda, Americano, Negroni or Garibaldi cocktail, we think it’s best served in a spritz.
4. Chianti Classico
Coming from a specific region in Chianti, Chianti Classico can be easily identified by the black rooster label on any wine bottle. The wine must be made from at least 80% Sangiovese grapes, and be no less than 12% alcohol. Don’t miss a trip to Chianti, especially if you’re staying in Florence for a few days.
Espresso in Italy is probably half the size of a shot you’d expect to get at Starbucks, and that’s a good thing. It’s so rich, decadent, and delicious that a small amount goes a long way. Stand at a local coffee shop bar amongst the locals and enjoy this cup of perfection. Order a macchiato at some point as well – it’s your standard espresso with a touch of steamed milk on top.
Another common digestif in Italy, Amaro is typically served after a meal. It’s a herbal liqueur that is typically both bitter an sweet at the same time, coming in many flavors including lemon, juniper, licorice, and mint, among others.