Don’t you just love the days when you are able to stroll around in town without having to do anything specific? You can catch up with friends and enjoy a slightly lazy lunch guiltfree… Florence is a perfect place to aimlessly wander around; it is a beautiful city and there is so much to see. […]
Where to Enjoy an Aperitivo in Florence
Aperitivo is a huge part of the Italian lifestyle, yet many visitors seem to miss this fun experience. Italians love to socialise and enjoy a good cocktail, but they rarely drink without food. That’s where aperitivo comes in handy. It’s also a great way to enjoy delicious Italian foods if you’re on a budget. What is […]
Italian Gins from the Mountains
History You might have heard about genever, and how gin making started in Holland. But in fact, gin production can be traced back to 11th-century Italy, with many believing it was the Benedictine monks who first began distilling juniper spirits in a monastery in beautiful Salerno. The monks combined the base spirit with herbs, spices, […]
The Italian Dream Continues… Try Malfy Gin Originale!
You might be familiar with Malfy Gin Con Limone, the gin that captures the Italian dream holiday in a bottle. Malfy Gin Originale continues this Italian story, but this time the focus is on the mountains of Northern Italy. The style of the bottle is a perfect match to their Con Limone, but instead of […]
Drinking with the Pack – Family of Hounds Gin No.1
It was only four years ago when the ‘family’ of Family of Hounds tried their first G&T in the countryside in the UK. Needless to say, they fell in love with this quintessentially British drink and made it their mission to test several gins to experience the different flavours and botanicals. They learned what they […]
Make Mine a Negroni
I can’t get enough of this brightly coloured bitter cocktail, made with equal parts of Campari, sweet vermouth and gin. Thankfully, Negroni Week is about to start, which is the perfect excuse for you all to reacquaint yourselves with this exquisite drink – or indeed be bold enough to try one for the first time! […]
Amaro and other Italian Bitters – Part 2
Before we look into Italian bitters, let’s recap a little. In part 1 we explored Italian Amari. Amaro is a bittersweet herbal liqueur which is especially popular in Italy. It is mainly served neat as an after-dinner drink, allegedly because of its medicinal benefits. Amaro means bitter, but Italians do not use the word amaro […]
Amaro and other Italian Bitters – Part 1
Recently I’ve been spending a lot of time in Italy, so what better reason to write about Amaro and other bitter liqueurs Italians love to drink? You may be familiar with Italian aperitivo culture, where most drinks (including cocktails) are made with bitters such as Campari or Aperol. Digestifs, on the other hand, are mainly served neat or on the rocks and are more intense in flavour.
All-natural Amaretto you Must try!!
Distillery Bepi Tosolini, considered one of Italy’s best grappa distillers, has created a selection of tasty, all-natural liqueurs, anything from coffee to liquorice to strawberry and this beautiful Amaretto. Ingredients are sourced mainly locally in Friuli or nearby. Distillery Bepi Tosolini started as a grappa distillery in 1943, but over the years they have extended […]