Cocktail Course: Caffè Shakerato @ Coccaro Beach Club

Do you like the Italian Classics the way we do?
Then you might have heard about a beautifully tasty cocktail, that gives you just the right push without giving you a big head: It’s called Shakerato and you can order it in any Italian bar: It’ll look quite the same from Bolzano down to Bari, you’ll find the difference in the details…

There’s only few places where they the barmen still know how to do it the classic way, without using the blender machine, since it takes exerience and passion to add the right amount of all the ingredients and then shake until you can no more. Coccaro Beach Club is such a place. Our barmen certainly do have a professional blender (and in busy times they need to use it, otherwise they won’t make it); but ususally it’s a matter of honor to prepare the Shakerato the way it’s meant to be: in an old fashioned shaker.

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Cocktail Course: Tangerine Drop at Bamboo/Armani, Milan

Did I mention we just went to Milan? Mainly to see “Priscilla“, THE musical  (- for those of you who like musicals and/or the film I can assure: You’ll absolutely LOVE it!! Just make sure you’ll get seats in the first row, so you can   jump up when you feel like it and sing and dance along with Gloria Gaynor etc….) but also to check out the fairly new Armani Hotel (Via Manzoni 31): right in the heart of the city, with a lobby that felt a bit like Times Square these days because of the fashion week, a spa on the top floor that made you overlook real Milan in a bathrobe, with your feet in warm pool water, and an inviting bar.

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Cocktail Course: “Chocolate for Happiness” – Natale’s Valentine Tip

“Life is like chocolate”, says our barman Natale Marasciulo:  ”The bitterness makes you appreciate the sweetness more…” For this year’s Valentine Dinner at Masseria Torre Coccaro he made up this beautiful bittersweet chocolate apertivo called “Chocolate for Happiness“.

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Cocktail Course: How to Prepare Hugo Spritz

A tasty alternative to the classic Spritz: Hugo, once invented in Bolzano, North of Italy, is becoming more and more popular all around the south. At 300 Mila Lounge, Lecce (according to Gambero Rosso one of the 30 BEST aperitivo bars in ITALY; Via 140° Reg. Fanteria, Tel. 0832288383) it’s one of the top sellers, especially in the winter, since it’s a bit sweeter and not quite as strong as the Campari or Aperol Spritz. Put ice cubes in a glass, add the juice of 1/2 lime, then 2 cl of elder liquor. Pick a couple of fresh mint leves and squeeze them beside the ice cubes. Add Bellavista or any kind of dry Prosecco, according to your taste.

Cocktail Course: How to Carve Roses out of Strawberries

Here’s how you prepare one of the most beautiful and impressive cocktail decorations: Cutting a rose out of a strawberry. Seen at Palazzo Personè, Lecce, right beside the famous Basilica Santa Croce (Via Umberto I, no. 5). “All you need are strawberries of a certain size”, says Andrea, the bar chef. Insert a long wooden stick from the bottom side. Cut tiny  carvings like slices into the fresh fruit, as shown in the video, without removing the green stem part. Start from the bottom, finish on top.

Cocktail Course: Maizza Campari Spritz

The Veneto Spritz, also known as Aperol Spritz, is the ultimate Italian aperitivo. Here’s our Maizza version – kind of bitter sweet, presented by our barman Camillo Tagliente.  Give it a try – you might not wanna quit again!

Maizza Campari Spritz

2 drops of Angostura Bitter Orange
1 cl Lychee Liquor
2 cl Bitter Campari
2 cl freshly squeezed orange juice
5 cl dry Spumante

Cool down your glass with ice cubes first. Use a bunch of fresh ice cubes for the cocktail: Mix all the ingredients, starting with the Angostura, the Lychee liquor, the Bitter Campari, the orange juice and, to finish, the Spumante. Decorate with a piece of peeled orange skin. Enjoy!!