When you go out to eat Italian cuisine, your meal is not complete without something to wash it down. You can order water, but this will simply not do if you want the real Italian experience. Italy is famous for its selection of beverages. Often, these drinks are served after dinner. Many of these listed beverages contain alcohol, so they are not for children or non-drinkers. However, it’s still fun to learn about these drinks because they are an integral part of the culture as well as the cuisine. To get an idea of the full taste of Italy at Calabria’s or another restaurant, you would benefit from learning about amaretto, limoncello, grappa, sambuca, and campari.
Amaretto may be one drink you’ve heard of due to its popularity. It has an almond taste, made from almond essence. Originally, it was created with apricot seeds. Typically, amaretto is drunk following a meal and is added in coffee topped off with whipping cream. For dessert, this drink can be served over ice cream. Also, amaretto may go in cakes and cocktails. It’s a common ingredient in biscotti and pizzelles. Lazzaroni Amaretto and Disaronno Originale are considered the best brands since they have been around so long.
Next on the list is limoncello. This liquor has a strong citrus flavor that is both tart and sweet. It is made through the fermentation of lemon rinds in sugar, water, and alcohol. Typically, limoncello is thought of as an after-dinner beverage. You may drink it chilled with dessert or over your gelato or ice cream. Sometimes limoncello is in the dessert. Because limoncello is usually cold, it’s reserved for summer months.
Grappa is another distinct drink from Italy. Yet beware of this strong brandy. It has a raw burn from the alcohol when you finish drinking it. This beverage comes from the leftovers after one makes wine. Ingredients include grape stalks, skins, and seeds. If you plan to drink grappa, it’s usually best to wait after dinner. It may come straight out of the freezer or it may be served with espresso or in coffee. Grappa may also be given to you at room temperature.
Campari is a popular beverage, known for its bitter taste. It is not a straight up liquor; it’s considered a “bitters.” This means citrus, herbs, alcohol, and secret ingredients were mixed together. The precise ingredients that go in campari remain unknown. This drink is mixed with white wine, vodka, soda water, mineral water, grapefruit juice, or other fruit juices. As a result, you can create a bunch of cocktails from campari. These drinks are often tainted red due to this drink. Campari is an apertif, or a drink served before a meal. You may add ice, or you may serve it at room temperature.
For some Italian liqueur, turn to sambuca. This has a licorice flavor and smell since it is derived from star anise. It generally contains no color. However, you may drink black or red sambuca. Typically, 3 coffee beans are added to sambuca. Prosperity, happiness, and peace are said to be represented by these beans. Since it’s such a strong beverage, some like to add ice or add in water to dilute the flavor. This makes it an appropriate afternoon drink slowly sipped. Yet lighting the drink on fire is often done to bring out the taste. You can also drink sambuca at room temperature without anything else. Sambuca is typically drunk after dinner at Calabria’s or another Italian eat-out.