Throughout Italy, early evenings are as lively a time as any. Clinking glasses, chatter and small plates of delicious food signal aperitivo hour. Aperitivo typically occurs prior to dinner as a time to catch up with friends or as a much-needed shopping break. Either way, the most important component of Italy’s version of happy hour is quality time...

If there is one thing Italy has been missing since lockdown orders were enforced again , it’s aperitivo. Whether it was a quick one after the  office, a weekly way to catch up with friends, or just a weekend occurrence to enjoy some social time while nibbling on nice food, most of us would have at least an aperitivo time a week.  Right now, things...

Ah, Italia – land of spaghetti, mozzarella, pizza, and so many other Mediterranean delights. New to the list of the peninsula’s treasures, however, is Made-in-Italy malt whisky! With great enthusiasm and profound passion for the Scottish “water of life,” the Ebensperger family founded PUNI, Italy’s first-ever distillery, in 2010 near the Ortler mou...

Negroni is a popular Italian cocktail invented in 1919 by Count Camillo Negroni in Florence, Italy. It is an aperitif made of gin, vermouth and Campari, and garnished with orange peel. As the world celebrates Negroni week, here’s some information about the drink and a classic cocktail recipe. A traditionally made Negroni is stirred, not shaken, and...

The history of gin has seen many twists and turns along the way, from fighting diseases, to providing cures for soldiers in foreign lands, to being a public health menace and along the way being refined, with innovative distillation techniques and creative use of botanicals. Though gin is commonly viewed as a British product, its early history can...

After living in Italy for two years, husband and wife Ryan and Nicole Silver couldn’t leave without a little souvenir. So they purchased and shipped a vintage 1994 Piaggio Ape, a small Italian three-wheeled commercial vehicle, to the United States. After a $30,000 renovation, they’ve transformed it into a mobile bar for Colorado weddings and other...

After a very successful partnership with the United States Bartender's Guild, the Italian Trade Agency (ITA) is reaching a broader audience by launching another webinar series with industry-renowned trade event Bar Convent Brooklyn (BCB). Due to the current COVID-19 circumstances, the 2020 edition will take place entirely online. Until the trade ca...

The distillery at Gervasi Vineyard earned four medals in the 2020 Great American International Spirits Competition. The Canton winery-distillery took home platinum, gold, silver and bronze awards, which were announced this month. In all, 79 awards were given. Gervasi's awards: Platinum: Saints Desire, a small-batch cocktail gin distilled with Itali...

Whether it’s a Spritz, Negroni or Limoncello Collins, these four partners produce Californian-Italian liqueurs suited for any aperitivo and digestivo hour! In the summertime, a steady fog rolls off the Pacific and blankets the terraced hills of California’s Golden Coast, cooling grapevines, orange, and lemon trees. Set back just a few miles from th...

Amari (literally "bitter" in Italian) are liqueurs (sweetened liquors) that have been bittered and flavored with botanicals. As for the base spirit, well, anything is game: neutral corn spirit, cane distillate, Everclear (popular among home-brewers), even wine. Same goes for the botanical blends — most amari have upwards of 30 botanical ingredients...