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Unless you're living under a severely air-conditioned rock, you may have noticed summer has recently made the executive decision to go from zero to full throttle.
As the masses sweat in places we'd rather not know sweat could permeate from, it's easy for our minds to linger to breezy coasts and ice-cold beverages.
As a cool reprieve, the wine team from New York City's Lincoln Ristorante - General Manager Paolo Novello, Sommelier Bryan Burnett and Wine Director Aaron von Rock - has come up with a list of the essential Italian spirits and cold cocktails to make with them at home.
With a little imagination, you'll be living la thirst-quenched dolce vita on the coast of Amalfi in no time.
Five Essential Italian Spirits: The Lincoln Beverage Team
Even the label heralds you into an Italian sense of mind. Of course, it can be vital ingredient for popular cocktails like a Manhattan, and it’s also delicious by itself on the rocks. We like to put an American twist on the classic Negroni for our cocktail recommendation."
2. Amaretto Di Saschira Luxardo
Try this Bellini recipe for a surprisingly transformed prosecco cocktail."
3. Il Maraschino Originale Luxardo
Our version is named after one of Italy’s most famous Aviators, Francesco de Pinedo."
4. Vergano Chinato Americano
We left this recipe quite simple, for lazier summer afternoons."
5. Averna Amaro Siciliano
Bryan talked about encouraging a leap of faith for this spirit, Europeans have been enjoying them for centuries. If you’d still like to ease into this concept, this cocktail is a gentler introduction."
Editors' Note: The particular brands suggested are preferences of Paolo, Bryan and Aaron, but feel free to substitute and experiment with your favorites at home.
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