Do the terms ‘Aperitivo’ and ‘Digestivo’ ring a bell? If your answer is a big ‘NO” you’ve either never been to Italy or an authentic Italian café/restaurant. In layman terms, both are the equivalent of Happy hours and cocktails that aid with digestion respectively but the in-depth meaning is much more significant and is both are must-try Italian traditions.
Not many of us have the luxury to travel to Italy. But we could still get a taste of Italian culture in Miami. Try happy hour specials in Miami in an authentic Italian café. Joey’s is a great place to try Italian cocktails. It is popular among locals for its delicious and traditional Italian foods and beverages.
Want to know more about Aperitivo:
It is the ritual of gathering together with family/friends for Italian cocktails (that will prepare your stomach for a meal) and snacks usually between 7 pm and 9 pm. Aperitivo drinks are low in alcohol and served with soda water. There will also be a selection of delicious snacks.
Popular Aperitivo beverages:
Order one of these popular Italian beverages the next time you visit an Italian café in Miami. You could also make them at home.
Aperol Spritiz: Aperol is made using bitter orange, herbs and rhubarb resulting in a unique bitter and sweet taste. Take 135ml prosecco in a glass; add ice and 35 ml Aperol.
- Add some soda water to it.
- Negroni: If you want to make a proper Negroni, remember to stir it rather than shaking it. Take a cocktail mixer and add 30ml Gin, 30ml Campari, and 30ml Sweet Vermouth. Stir everything together and garnish with an orange twist.
- Hugo: It is a simple yet delicious combination of elderflower cordial, dry white wine, and soda water. Fill a glass with 125ml Prosecco and add fresh ice. Add 30ml elderflower, 30 ml soda water and garnish the drink with a lime wedge, orange wheel, and mint leaves.
The Italians wind up a heavy dinner with a Digistivo – a beverage made of grape brandy, herbs, citrus peels, aromatic roots, flowers and spices that is focused on aiding digestion. As per Italian tradition, no one leaves the table without having a Digestivo after a heavy meal. The popular choices are Sambucca, Grappa, and Amari.
What are you waiting for? Plan a date at an Italian café in Miami and do things exactly the Italian way.