Everything You Need to Know About Bitters, Including How to Use Them

Think of bitters like salt and pepper for a cocktail: a sprinkle of seasoning that balances out the flavors of a dish.
These little bottles are cocktail essentials. A few drops can make a drastic change to anything from a gin & tonic to an Old Fashioned.
But what are aromatic bitters?

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Why Sambuca Deserves a Comeback, Especially as a Cocktail Ingredient

“Sambuca is such an interesting liqueur with a rich history to match its sweet yet intense taste. As a bartender, I enjoy Sambuca for the mystery and vitality that it brings to a cocktail.  Its strong anise aroma allows for some of the most unique and exciting cocktails with an endless amount of flavor combinations” - Tom Barry

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What Is Vermouth? Your Guide to Drinking This Classic Fortified Wine

In this modern age of mixology, botanicals are on every sipper's lips. Their precise alchemy is the touchstone by which any new libation is assessed. Vermouth, a white wine fortified with spirits and aromatized with roots, fruits, spices, flowers, and herbs, checks all the 21st century boxes for the art of mixing drinks. And vermouth is back, refreshing and reinvigorating the shaking and making of creative drinks.

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How to Make a Superior Aperol Spritz, Plus 12 More Spritz Cocktails to Sip This Spring

According to legend, the Aperol Spritz Cocktail dates back to 19th-century northern Italy, where Austrian soldiers added a splash of water to the local wines in order to make them more drinkable. While the classic Aperol Spritz may have originated in Italy, these bubbly cocktails have quickly become an international favorite.

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The Best Cocktails to Make with Limoncello

You might be used to having a taste of Italy's famous lemon liqueur limoncello at the end of a good meal, but there's no reason to relegate this tasty tipple to digestif status. A bit of limoncello can bring a sweet squeeze of citrus to all sorts of cocktails. Here are a few of our favorite ways to get more limoncello into your cocktail rotation.

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You don’t need dozens of esoteric liquors to take your at-home cocktailing to the next level. You just need vermouth.

Odds are you already have a few bottles of spirits in your home bar. Although in these stay-at-home times, if you want to coax a wider variety of better-quality cocktails out of them, there’s one more that you’ll need to buy: vermouth.

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11 Italian Cocktail that You Can Make at Home

When we think drinks in Italy, the first image that comes to mind is likely a bottle of red flowing into glasses around the table—vino is certainly the drink of choice come dinnertime. But let’s not forget about those magical hours before dinner: aperitivo. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., bars serve cocktails and light nibbles of olives, cheese, and potato chips, engineered to stimulate the, you guessed it, appetite

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These Aperitifs Up the Ante

A new generation of distillers taking the reins in recent years has resulted in a bevy of exciting aperitivi and liqueurs for modern drinkers to sip, stir and mix.

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How To Make Limoncello at Home

We’ve all seen home brewing and winemaking kits, but do you want a project that doesn’t require any special gear and yields a flavorful spirit? Then consider DIY limoncello, an Italian classic made with just a few easy-to-obtain ingredients (and a healthy dose of patience).

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From Absinthe to Sambuca, a Quick Guide to Anise Spirits

The category of anise spirits is broad reaching. It encompasses a number of spirits types that deserve attention, but don’t always receive it.

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Experience AMARO and Enjoy Easy Recipes with the Italian Liqueur

As you spend time at home, travel through Italy's Amaro-producing regions with a special tasting. This is an idea that will appeal to people looking to enjoy some delightful Italian style.

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Need A Quarantine Break? Embrace Italian Aperitivo

You don’t need to leave your house, or even your kitchen-turned-office, to take a much-needed break from quarantine. Aperitivo, the Italian version of happy hour that separates the (often shorter) Italian workday from the evening, is exactly what you need. Turn up some Italian tunes, pour a glass of Prosecco, and, most importantly, sign out of Zoom.

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Inside the Gorgeous, Complicated Wolr df Italian Spirits

If you’ve spent any amount of time browsing in a liquor store you’re probably acquainted with Italian spirits. Even in a kaleidoscopic sea of bottles they stand out like gems, adorned with some of the most iconic labels on the market. And, even if you’ve had some of them before, you’ve likely only scratched the surface of what’s available.

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What's the Difference between Aperitivo and Digestivo? A Lot and a Little.

Many drinkers are familiar with Italy’s beloved wine culture. Many people have also tried, ordered, or at least seen an Italian espresso or other coffee drink. What many in the United States overlook is the massive influence of spirits and liqueurs that make up Italy’s aperitivo and digestivo culture.

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8 Drink Recipes for Cocktails Before Dinner and After

In the US, we have always admired Italian drinking customs including Aperitivo and Digestivo. While under stay at home orders, we are becoming creative in the kitchen and crafting the perfect aperitif and digestif has upped our mixology cred. We have listed 8 cocktail recipes to drink before dinner and afterward. But don’t limit yourself, these libations are light and refreshing that you can sip anytime.

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