Best Summer Cocktails – The Five Popular Italian Drinks

It has been a very hot summer across Europe and when it comes to refreshing one’s self. Traditional cocktails are still the most popular drinks on any cocktail menu. MenStyleFashion has been to Italy the last year and thought it would make sense to talk about the five stylish cocktails to drink when visiting any part of Italy.


A Spritz is an Italian wine-based cocktail, commonly served as an aperitif in Northeast Italy. It consists of prosecco, digestive bitters and soda water. Spritz Veneziano al Select, Spritz al Campari and Aperol Spritz are popular versions of the Italian wine-based cocktail, each one using different bitters.

 It’s easy to assume that Campari and Aperol, the two Italian aperitifs that define the cocktails, which today are both owned by Gruppo Campari, are interchangeable. And can sometimes be very confusing when it comes to ordering one. However, that is certainly not the case. Here are the differences between the two.

Spritz al Campari

Campari, however, is significantly more bitter with hints of rhubarb, berries and a floral bouquet of potent (and mysterious) herbs.  Campari is the strongest taste of the three wine’s So we recommend you buy the three wine-based cocktails and experiment. Campari has a more prominent flavour and, as such, acts as the dominant component in cocktails

Aperol is certainly the sweeter of the two and contains hints of bitter orange and both gentian and cinchona flowers.

It is so wonderful to indulge in a spritz whilst relaxing on the canal’s overlook the Rialto Bridge. We also found the quality of the prosecco used can vary the taste as well.

Rialto Bridge venice

We often sat here at Rialto Bridge inVenice and had a spritz.


Did you know the bellini is a cocktail made with Prosecco and peach purée or nectar? It originated in Venice, Italy. Whilst walking the streets of Venice on a very humid day. There is nothing more inviting than to embrace a bellini.  it is an acquired taste and can be very sweet. It is served in a champagne flute, with no ice. You must pour peach puree into chilled flute, add Prosecco. It is important you stir it with passion and be gentle. It makes sense that it looks so pretty. So when in Venice make sure you take a seat, live the alfresco way of life and take in Pizza San Marco. 

bellini Italy venice


When we went and explored the food and drinks in  South Tyrol North of Italy.



The Hugo cocktail had to be tasted as it originated here. It is a slightly alcoholic aperitif, it’s based on prosecco, elderflower syrup, seltzer and mint leaves. So very refreshing in the heat. It tastes as good as it looks. If you are looking for a twist make sure you add some sparkling wine. It is a cocktail that takes one to master depending on one’s palette.

Alta-Badia-South-Tyrol hugo cocktail

Espresso Martini

This is a very heavy drinker and in Venice can only be ordered after 1 pm. The espresso martini is a cold, coffee-flavoured cocktail made with vodka, espresso coffee, and coffee liqueur. It is not a true martini as it contains neither gin nor vermouth. However, it is hugely popular as it looks very elegant when it comes to cocktail images. It is very popular in Tuscany to drink an espresso martini.

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We often drank here in Pietrasanta, Tuscany an espresso martini.


When in Italy it is all about the drink image, Alta Moda and lifestyle.

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