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Summer cocktails Italian style? Hardly. PDF Print E-mail
Jul 01, 2009 at 02:20 PM

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The Bellini
Recently, the internet site of the Italian daily newspaper, Repubblica, carried a piece entitled cocktail dell'estate, summer cocktails, and I had myself a laugh. Of the 10 cocktails, listed, exactly one was Italian and the others were all old faithfuls back where we come from. Anyone wanting to see the original piece (and the recipes) can click here. Anyone, wanting a simple snicker can look at the list below. And anyone wanting to drink something Italian can look at the story I did some time ago on this country's aperitivi.

The Bellini is an Italian cocktain and was invested in the 1930's by Giuseppe Cipriani dell'Harry's Bar di Venezia, father of today's Arrigo. It is the classic Italian long drink - said to have been a favorite of writer Ernest Hemingway - and is made from Prosecco and white peach pulp. Legend has it that because of its rosy color, Cipriani named it after the gown of a saint depicted in a painting by Bellini. But who knows? The others named in the piece are all well-known international cocktails, none of which are Italian in origin. They are:

FROZEN DAIQUIRI
PIÑA COLADA
MAI-TAI
MOJITO
MARGARITA
SINGAPORE SLING
CAIPIRINHA
SHIRLEY TEMPLE
COSMOPOLITAN

 

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