In a country known for its flair for all things fashion, furniture and food, it's only fitting that Italy's favourite aperitivos take on an equal status.
The negroni and spritz are arguably two of Italy's most iconic cocktails, imbued with both sophistication and history and have been eloquently captured in these two new cocktail books.
We take a dip into both books on the beloved aperitivos, discover the Dolce vita, work up a thirst and perfect our mixing.
The Life Negroni Hardcover by Nargess Banks, Leigh Banks and Adam Thomas
Discover why the 'flamboyant red hued' drink has acquired a cult status for its 'seductive' and 'sophisticated palate' of exotic botanicals and herbaceous bitters.
Unlike most ordinary cocktail books, this stylish book dips into the 'negroni lifestyle' following the cocktail's rise to iconic status with archive images, photos and interviews with negroni aficionados.
And more importantly, the book teaches us how to master making the perfect negroni along with a number of twists that'll inspire you into the dolce vita.
Spritz: Italy's Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail, with Recipes by Talia Baiocchi , Leslie Pariseau
Feel like a less punchy lower alcohol aperitivo with no less kudos? then try the Aperol Spritz.
This, part recipe book, part historical explorationtraces the drink’s origins to ancient Rome, uncovers its unlikely history and culture as well as exploring the evolution of aperitivo throughout Northern Italy.
Discover that Spritz is not as straightforward as it seems, open to regional and modern variations in dozens of recipes. Of course food doesn't go overlooked with a selection of tasty Italian morsels to pair with your favourite aperitivo.
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