Traditional italian drinks
An indispensable attribute of the Italian meal is wine. It is also used as an aperitif, served with the main dish, used as an independent dish with fruit or cheese addition. Huge areas of the country are planted with a vineyard, which makes it possible to produce different varieties of wines – white and red, sweet and dry, dessert and sparkling. Beer in Italy is almost never consumed. But a bottle of Amaretto, Sambuca or Limoncello liqueur, Grappa national grape vodka, and of course, traditional wine brought from Italy will be an excellent gift for a connoisseur of alcoholic drinks.
It is no coincidence that Italian wines occupy a leading position in the global market for alcoholic beverages, because the quality of the drink depends not only on the method of its manufacture, but also on the climate where the grapes are grown. The vineyards in Italy are located closer to the sun, because in the country there are many hills and berries receive maximum sunlight. Most produced and consumed red wines. Each region boasts its own varieties. However, the pearl of Italian winemaking is the Barolo brand, produced in the province of Piedmont. The wines here are made from Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Barbera grape varieties. However, wines of the Barolo brand are quite expensive (in the price category from 700 rubles), but they will undoubtedly become an ornament of any table and will be appreciated. One of the most famous brands of Italian wine is Chianti, produced in Tuscany. Most often it is sold in pot-bellied bottles at a price of 300 rubles, but real quality wine is bottled in ordinary bottles, at a price of 500 rubles. Choosing it is quite simple – you need to buy bottles with the image of a black rooster on a red background – this is a sign of the quality of the wine that has passed all the stages of control. The image of a fox sitting on barrels folded in a pyramid (coat of arms of ancient papal vineyards) also serves as a guideline for choosing quality wine. It is better to buy white wines produced in Puglia and Campania, as well as on the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. White wines produced in the northern Alto Adige are also considered good; such a bottle of wine will cost 600 rubles and more.
As in Japan without sake, in Russia without vodka, not a single feast can be dispensed with, and it is difficult to imagine an Italian feast without a lot of wine. However, passionate Italians are not averse to tasting and what is hotter, or rather Italian vodka – grappa. Moreover, grappa is grape vodka obtained by double distillation of the product of fermentation of grape pulp (peels, stems, seeds, pulp residues) that were used in the production of wine. Thus, a rather strong drink is obtained – from 37 to 60 degrees. In Italy, a huge number of grappa varieties is produced, which varies both in terms of aging time (6, 12 and 18 months), from the grape variety and its quantity. The most expensive grappa is aged (vecchia), it is infused in a wooden barrel for at least a year, young (giovane), bottled immediately after distillation. Although connoisseurs prefer young grappa for its brighter and sharper taste. To make the drink more popular outside the country, many manufacturers add fruit syrup to it. For example, aromatica (aromatic) grappa is made from Prosecco or Moscato grape varieties. Aromatizzata (flavored) contains various herbs, berries or fruits. Grappa on cherries, currants, walnuts, almonds, cinnamon and other additives received worldwide recognition. Although the Italians themselves prefer only the classic aroma of grapes. Drinking grappa is recommended chilled from a tall glass with a “waist”.
In addition, Italian grappa goes well with coffee. If you order Caffè Corretto coffee (coffee with the addition of grappa), you can feel the real taste of Italy – passionate, invigorating and slightly bitter.
Another drink that Italy boasts is liquors. After all, Italians are very inventive in compiling various flavoring compositions. Italian liquors differ in the amount of sugar content and are divided into liquors (liquori) and amari (amari). Very sweet liquors include Frangelico, Sambuca and Amaretto di Saronno. Amaretto is drunk after meals or used in the manufacture of cocktails and pastries. Of all the varieties of Sambuca, Italians prefer Sambuca Molinari, which is served with three grains of coffee floating in it, meaning health, wealth and happiness. Semisweet liquors include the famous Limoncello, made in those areas of the country where lemons are grown, in particular the Neapolitan Riviera region. The most delicious is Limoncello, produced in small private enterprises. There are other semisweet liquors – Sinar (Cynar), Campari (Campari), Strega (Strega). Italians themselves love to mix Campari with white wine and soda, often use it as an aperitif.