4 Sexy Italian Cocktails to Drink in North London This Summer

Written by: Violet Myers

Bored of Long Island Ice Tea and think Pimms has gotten slightly out of hand? I mean cucumber in a drink, what is this, some sort of salad? Then join us in celebration of one of Italy’s finest exports – very sexy cocktails – and discover a new favourite without stepping foot on a Ryanair!

Aperol Spritz

Prosecco, Aperol and Soda Water.

Apparently, our Italian neighbours can’t get enough of the bright orange theme, perhaps it reminds them of loveable prime minister Berlusconi – what a scamp! Much like it’s partner in crime the Negroni, Aperol Spritz has taken over London, gladly replacing Pimms as the must have summer bev.

Where can I get one? Often served in Italian bars, delis, and restaurants along with antipasti, the Spriz isn’t too hard to find. However, Foxlow in Stoke Newington has taken it up a notch by serving it blended with ice like a grown up slush puppy, yes gawd!

Foxlow
71-73 Church Street,
Stoke Newington
N16 0AS

Sgroppino

Lemon Sorbet, Prosecco and Vodka.

A fresh and sharp aperitif, traditionally used as a palate cleanser between courses in Italy, but seeing as we’re still fighting through rainstorms across our summer months and are in dire need of a bit more comfort, perhaps we could have it with a bit of raspberry syrup and a flake?

Where can I get one? Sgroppino can be found in any posh ice cream shop, usually served as a dessert flavour, but for the real boozy experience, we’re loving Exeter Street Bakery in Finsbury Park who specialise in Italian cocktails.

Exeter Street Bakery
The Arts Building
Morris Pl
Finsbury Park
N4 3JG

Bellini
White Peaches, Peach Puree and Prosecco.

Often found at the beginning of an Essex wedding reception, where the bride wants “everything to be really classy and like elegant, innit?” The Bellini is traditionally made with fresh peach purée, but modern adaptations see it mixed with everything from passion fruit to elderflower.

Where can I get one? Due to this juicy beauty’s popularity, you needn’t bother braving Karen from finance’s fairytale nuptials. We’ve fallen head over heels for TooTooMoo in Crouch End who serve a whole host of different flavoured bellinis including mango and lychee.

TooTooMoo
12 Crouch End Hill
Crouch End
N8 8AA

Negroni North London North Four Magazine

Negroni
Gin, Campari and Sweet Red Vermouth.

The Negroni cocktail has been an Italian staple for as long as warm beer at a BBQ has been ours, but a recent surge in popularity has meant the zingy orange drink has taken London by storm, dividing opinions like the EU referendum – it’s a bit of a Marmite experience.

Where can I get one? Due to our new found love affair, you don’t have to look too far for a cup of the lush stuff, but we’re big fans of La Dolce Vita Islington’s take on the classic.

La Dolce Vita
489 Liverpool Road
Islington
N7 8NS

 

Photos: Michael Barry

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