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Afternoon in Italy


Interested in a modern take on an Aperitivo with a lot of history?⁠⁠ Thanks to Italicus, we’re mixing up a cocktail that is exactly that!

The Afternoon in Italy may be a brand new recipe, but its also a special ode to an age-old Italian tradition. You see, Italicus is a rosolio–a type of Italian liqueur that was once very popular but, somewhere along the way, was almost forgotten. Thankfully, Italicus has brought the spirit back in full force! Using and adapting historic recipes, they have revived this cultural gem, making it fit for a modern palette. And after my first sip, I knew I had to whip up a cocktail that could do this beautiful spirit justice.

Opening the bottle, you’re greeted with scents of bergamot and floral elements, specifically lavender and chamomile. And it doesn’t stop there–tasting it is even more delightful! It is sweet, citrusy, floral, and begging to be part of a refreshing summer Aperitivo. I chose to pair it with a rangpur lime gin, lemon juice, and a bit of Lillet. The result was a perfect balance of wonderful flavors that reminded me of an afternoon in Italy.⁠ Now, thanks to Italicus, I’m enjoying a new cocktail creation and daydreaming about a drive along the Almafi Coast. What could be better than that?

So next time you find yourself wishing you could be taking a dip in Lake Como or enjoying some gelato in Rome, mix this one up! While this cocktail can’t actually take you to Europe, it’s wonderful mix of sweet, floral, and citrus notes will have you reminiscing about the beautiful culture, landscapes, and yes–cocktails–that the country has to share. And with Itlaicus on our shelves, rosolios, once almost forgotten, most definitely won’t be left behind anytime soon. Cheers!

Afternoon in Italy




  1. Step 1 –  Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, top with ice, ⁠⁠and shake until chilled.
  2. Step 2 – Double strain into a cocktail glass. ⁠⁠
  3. Step 3 – Enjoy!

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