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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Bar Tip: Speakeasy, Bari

There’s a new place in town: cosy as a private home, sophisticated as a modern art gallery, stylish as a hotel bar in London, Liverpool, Chicago. All of that on 15 square meters, called Speakeasy – like the places that sold alcoholic drinks during the American prohibition. The two owners who’ve seen their share of Bari nightlife (both of  them ex-”Stile Libero”-people) are declared cocktail lovers. Order your favorite, as extraordinary as it may be –  there’s hardly anything you won’t get here.

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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 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!!

Cocktail Course: Cinderella

A sweet & colourful thing, just like the fairytale: “Cinderella” is the invention of our Maizza Barman Camillo Tagliente. He once won a Puglia Cocktail Competition with it and is certainly proud. If you want to impress your friends with something really new, try it out for yourself. It’s easy to prepare, anything you need apart from a few simple ingredients is a cocktail shaker and ice cubes.

2,5 cl Vodka
2,5 cl Martini Rosato
1,5 cl X rated (Vodka with an infusion of passionfruit & mango)
1,5 cl strawberry syrup

Shake and chill all the ingredients in a shaker. Pour in a cocktail glass and decorate with a few rose petals and a slice of orange.