Italian Cocktails inspired by Historic and Famous Italians


Slightly bitter with hints of sweetness, Negronis are one of the most popular cocktails in Italy. A Negroni contains one ounce each of gin, Campari, and red vermouth. These are then served over ice with a cute orange peel stuck to the glass for style. The most widely reported version of this drink's origin is that it was invented at Caffe Casoni in Florence, Italy in 1919. Legend tells that Count Camillo Negroni asked his friend, bartender Forsco Scarselli, to strengthen his favourite cocktail – the Americano – by replacing the soda water with gin.


Named after Giuseppe Garibaldi — one of Italy’s “fathers of the fatherland” — this iconic two-ingredient cocktail contains Campari and fresh orange juice. The name pays homage to the hero of two worlds Giuseppe Garibaldi, as the red of the bitter recalls the famous red jacket and the oranges the landing in Sicily. But also known as a Campari-Orange, the Garibaldi cocktail combines Campari, orange juice, and a half slice of orange — combined, it’s a refreshing citrus and bitter taste. Invented in Novara, the Garibaldi cocktail is the perfect the unification of Italy’s north and south in a glass, with the Campari from Milan and oranges from Sicily (it’s even better with blood oranges!). 

Bellini - Harry's Bar

The symbol of Harry's Bar in Venice is definitely the Bellini, the long drink based on white peach puree (strictly crushed and not blended) and Prosecco, created by Giuseppe Cipriani in 1948. The name came to him after seeing the pink dress of a saint painted by Giovanni Bellini, a shade that recalls the color of the cocktail in question. It didn't take long before this drink - a product linked to the territory and its artistic beauties - was exported all over the world!


This vibrant, candy-colored cocktail is sweeter than most of the other drinks on this list. In essence, a Rossini is a Bellini made with strawberries instead. The Rossini is named after the famous Italian composer known for his “bubbly” musical compositions. This makes it similar to the naming of bellinis, as Bellini was a famous 15th-century artist who painted the toga of a saint a pinkish hue.


Named for the famous Italian opera composer Giacomo Puccini, the Puccini cocktail is another variation on the Bellini and the ideal mix of sweet and tangy. All you need to make this cocktail is your favorite citrus fruit (mandarin oranges, clementines, or tangerines), Mandarine Napoleon liqueur, and prosecco. 

Fellini's 8 e mezzo

A cocktail dedicated to the film "8 e Mezzo" by Federico Fellini, created by Alessandro di Fabrizio, bartender of La Nuova Lavanderia in Pescara.

Ingredients: 50 ml VII Hills Italian Dry Gin; 1 dash Absinthe Versinthe; 20 ml cordial of chamomile and cardamom; 20 ml lemon juice; 10 ml tangerine juice; 1 dash gentian; Toned pomegranate fill up. Glass: Collins. Garnish: rose crust and dehydrated pomegranate.

Preparation: Pour all the ingredients, except the tonic, into a shaker and shake. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice and top with the pomegranate tonic. Decorate with a rose crust and dehydrated pomegranate.

Fellini's Amarcord

Amarcord, cocktail dedicated to Fellini's film "Amarcord", created by Roberta Martino, co-founder of the ShakHer collective.

Ingredients: 15 ml Formidable Amaro; 15 ml Hine Cognac VSOP; 30 ml rum Parrots Remember Trinidad; 15 ml Dry Curacao Pierre Ferrand; 3 drop Amargo Chuncho; Orange peel. Glass: Napoleon.

Preparation: Pour the ingredients into a previously cooled mixing glass and mix carefully until the drink is properly diluted. Once poured into the glass, sprinkle with the essential oils of the orange.

Sofia's Cocktail - Tiberio Palace Capri and The Cardinal - Dolce Vita

Danilo Pozone and Sofia's Cocktail with gin and violet, Loren's favorite flower in the beautiful #cocktailbar of Capri Tiberio Palace. The Cocktail the Cardinal goes back to the times of the Dolce Vita, with Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni. Born in the heart of the Dolce Vita, at the Hotel Excelsior on Via Veneto in Rome, its creator was Giovanni Raimondo, a Genoese bartender. The name is a tribute to the red livery of the cardinal; as Schumann, a Cardinal and German, admirer of the prestigious Mosel riesling. It is very simple to make, the original recipe from the 1950s includes three equal parts of gin, riesling and bitter, an ingredient that gives it the characteristic ruby red color; it was then served with lemon zest, cinnamon and cloves.

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