You may have heard a lot about the best Italian pasta dishes, but you may not have heard about the best Italian after dinner cocktails before. Vino is traditionally associated with Italian pasta and meat dishes but there is so much more to be discovered. We’d like to introduce you to a whole new world of tasty and satisfying Italian beverages that make perfect after dinner cocktails. These are simple enough to make at home but when you’re ready for the real thing, we’re always here to add a splash of modern authenticity to your Italian cocktails.
You may have heard of many of these Italian drinks before but never knew their origin. It’s well known that Italians enjoy gathering around the table and Italian cocktails are a great way to keep the conversation going. A predinner cocktail also referred to as an Italian aperitif is an Italian cocktail meant to be had before dinner as an appetizer. It is a moderate amount of alcohol meant to lightly quench the appetite before a big meal. Traditionally, an Italian aperitif is consumed long before lunch or dinner, although it is meant to be a meal starter. When paired with sweet nibbles, after dinner cocktails are an ideal way to bring family and friends together.
In America, we are used to gathering around coffee or tea in the mornings at coffee shops. This has evolved into an all-day event since the explosion of popular places like Starbucks and The Coffee Bean. In Italy, coffee is served after dessert in the evenings. Coffee shops double as bars and are a part of the daily routine. The evening aperitivo has evolved to include complimentary appetizer buffets to nibble on and gather around. Young and old alike gather to enjoy an Italian aperitif that includes white wines, martinis, spritzers, and Cuba Libre. Italian aperitifs can be non-alcoholic and are very popular in the mornings. Some of the most popular are the San Pellegrino Bitter, also called the Sanbitter, and the Crodino. These drinks contain herb extracts that contribute to a bitter aftertaste. They are sold in individual glasses, on ice, or in cocktails with a slice of lemon or orange.
Pairing Italian drinks with Italian food is like peanut butter and jelly! They are meant for each other and a variety of appetizers can go a long way in creating excitement for a gathering. When serving your guests, you’ll want to include savory tarts, olives, bruschetta, pasta salads, pizzette, cheese, bread, and cold cuts. You’ll also want to include prosciutto, toasted peanuts, salami, grilled vegetables, gorgonzola, brie, and smoked scamorza. Sometimes, other rare items may be included like boiled octopus, squid, boiled potatoes, baked pasta, and gnocchi. Specifically, you’ll want to pair Italian cocktails with Cypress Grove cheeses. The key is to serve everything in bite-sized portions.
Now that we have our appetizer menu sorted out, our home dessert menu can use a little TLC as well. Some of the most popular after-dinner desserts include sweet sorbets, cannolis, house-made pizzelles, Tiramisu, cheesecakes, spumoni, and gelato. Our Mi’talia dessert selection includes gelatos, baked ricotta cheesecake, spumoni sundae, dulce panna cotta, and tiramisu. The perfect way to end a romantic dinner in Miami. Here are the drinks you’ll want to make at home to dine like an Italian:
Making these Italian cocktails in the comfort of your own home will elevate any summer gathering or romantic date night. However you choose to celebrate, your guests will certainly be impressed with your sophisticated and Italian flair! We fell in love with Italy as we toured the countryside and immersed ourselves in the rich culture of the region. We want you to be inspired by the same flavors, smells, and tastes of Italy found in our modern interpretation of authentic Italian dishes, desserts, and Italian cocktails. On our menu, you’ll find our own signature twist on the traditional Italian cocktails you must try:
Are you ready to try our most popular dishes including Mama’s Meatballs, Bucatini Carbonera, and Not Your Nonna’s Bolognese? Pair these dishes with your favorite wine, predinner cocktail, or after dinner cocktails. Whatever time you chose, remember to give us a call and make your reservation today or order in!