Cocktail Course: Getting the kicks at Coccaro Beach Bar: Rilee’s Fruitpunch

The best place to have a nice and relaxing Aperitivo after a long day at the beach is the Pool Bar at Masseria Torre Coccaro. There’s Giavanna, Teresa and Aldo looking after you, from breakfast hours on, by the way, serving tasty lunches or cool drinks in the shade of the bamboo umbrellas. But when the sun vanishes slowly in midst the olive fields surrounding the estate, the pool bar area becomes some sort of sunset paradise – drop by and find out…

Today Aldo Vinci, our youngest (19) but no less talented barman prepared something new and refreshing for us, just to give you an idea of what the Pool Bar is all about: Rilee’s, a fruitpunch out of cranberry, papaya, strawberry and peach, with a dash of vodka to excite your tongue and make you feel you’re definitely on holiday.

Aldo has done his homework: Apart from attending bartender classes with Campari in Milan and Rome he could easily speak (and shake!) along with the far more famous Tom Cruise in “Cocktail”. Watch him preparing the Rilee’s and you’ll get the idea… He’s about to become an artist on the mixing gear – we’re pround to have him and are looking forward to following another one of his (“only just made up…”) recipes.

Here’s what it takes:

1/2 oz Apricot Brandy
1 oz Vodka Peach
1/4 oz Strawberry syrup
1/4 oz Papaya syrup
1/4 oz freshly squeezed lime juice with a twist of fresh ginger
1/2 oz Cranberry juice
2 pureed peaches

Mix all the ingredients as shown in the films. The perfect drink to learn what Puglia summers are about!

Beachhopping: Quarto di Monte, Monticelli – absolutely fabulous!

To find Quarto di Monte You really have to know where to go! But once you’re there you won’t want to leave any more… This is what happened to Tina and Alfonso, the owner couple, who found out about the fabulous beachview place years ago and installed their caravan right next to the spot that was supposed to become one of the trendiest beachclubs in Puglia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They have travelled the world in search of inspiration (and keep on travelling: when their season is finished they call their dogs and hop on their rolling home): Mexico, Brasil, Costa Rica. Once their “baby” was born, they started working on it, literally “living” it: Maroccan tents, Balinese sofas, Thai seats, you name it, to not get bored to easily: You never know what to expect when they’re reopening for the new season!

 

 

 

 

 

This year they came up with some crispy and fresh blue sofas where to stretch out while listening to the live concerts on sunday night. As every year, Tina would be the cashier – and head of the bar, whereas Alfonso manages the live music gigs, mostly musicians from Puglia who know how to entertain in hot Puglia summer nights! Check out the place for a light lunch, try the fresh fish as well as the salads and don’t forget to order a “macedonia” as a dessert: You’ll be amazed what a simple fruit salad can look and taste like!

We asked Tina, who’s an expert on frozens of any kind, for her summer 2012 suggestion. Here’s what she proposes: All it takes is half a pineapple, an apple, fresh lime juice and mint leaves. Mix all the ingredients in a blender and taste the creamy thing through a straw: Absolutely Fabulous, isn’t it?

Yoga: Coccaro Teacher Giuseppe Doing Morning Exercise on the Beach

Buongiorno everybody!
Finished your daily sun salutations yet?

We’ve recently moved our Yoga lessons to the outside: In the evenings we’re praticing on the Coccaro and Maizza rooftop terrace, with the sunset all around us and the scent of the sea nearby. On a sunny day like today, early in the morning, there is no better place than Coccaro beachclub, with hardly a soul around, a beautifully calm and relaxing atmosphere down by the sea, our lifesaver Onofrio who gently says Hi and our fabulous barmen Coco, Mimmo and Onofrio behind the bar – for a glass of fruitjuice or some green tea to finish your yoga practice in style…

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Puglia Guide: Beachhopping: Lido Bizzarro

May is a great time to explore the beaches all along the Adriatic coast! You’ll find lonesome, long sandy bays and a beautiful coastline, especially in the area of Fasano/Torre Canne. They all claim the “Bandiera Blu”: All over Italy there’s no more than 246 beaches with this important italian quality certificate. We would like to present you one of our off-season-favorites: Lido Bizzarro, known for it’s great situation for surfers (Windsurfing as well as Kitesurfing), located between Torre Canne and Ostuni, exactly where you leave the main road that leads from Fasano to Brindisi (exit Torre Canne Sud).

Today there were no more than two couples taking a relaxed sunbath on the beach, with a bunch of people passing by, having a drink at the bar or just excercising: From Lido Bizzarro you can beach-walk for as long as you can possibly imagine!

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Eating out in Bari: Go for the Classic – Bella Bari!

It’s located right next to University of Bari, but the crowd that you’ll meet for lunch or dinner at Bella Bari (Via Roberto da Bari 141, BARI 70100, Tel. 080-5235192) is rather a mix of politicians, actors & actresses, writers + advocats – “insomma gente benestante”, as they say for the rich and the beautiful of Bari. “It’s a classic”, explains Nicola, who has been running the place together with his two brothers for many years now; since they refurbished the interior a few months ago it seems to go through a new revival, one out of many over the years.

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Cooking School: Risotto with Fresh Scampis, Buffalo Ricotta and a Sorbet of Mandarins

Risotto undoubtedly is one of trickiest things in italian cuisine! There’s many details to look after, starting off with the right kind of rice and finishing with the appropriate cooking time: The rice needs to remain some kind of crunchy even though well cooked… It’s something for ambitious beginners – following our Maizza chef Vito Giannuzzi you won’t have any problems though.
Here’s our Maizza Summer Risotto: A combination of the southern italian lightness of being and combining ingredients like scampis and mandarins with the tasty northern italian rice (Cannaroli) from Pavia, known for its high quality.
Note: You won’t need an icemaker for the sorbet, just use an ordinary ice machine to prepare the frozen mandarins.

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