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Italian Cocktails
(Serves 1)

1 ounce Campari
1 ounce sweet vermouth
Seltzer or club soda
Slice of lemon

Pour Campari and vermouth over ice in a short glass.
Fill the glass with seltzer and stir.  Garnish with slice of lemon.
Angelo Azzurro (Blue Angel)

(Serves 1)

1 ounce Cointreau
1 ounce  Limoncello
1 ounce Gin (preferably Tanqueray Tropical Blue)
1/3 part sweet (red) Italian Vermouth
Fruit garnish

Pour the Couintreau,  Limoncello, Gin, and Vermouth into a cocktail shaker.  Add a few ice cubes. Shake well.  Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with a fruit garnish (your choice).
Campari Orange

(Serves 1)

1 ounce Campari
2 ounces orange juice

Pour both ingredients over ice.  Serve.
Aperol Spritzer

(Serves 1)

2 ounces Aperol
3 ounces Prosecco
Splash of club soda or seltzer
Half a slice of orange.

Pour the Aperol, Prosecco, and soda over ice.  Garnish with orange slice.
Bellinis with Fresh Peaches

You may also use thawed frozen peaches if fresh peaches are not in season.

2 ripe white peaches, peeled pitted, and coarsely chopped
1 (750 ml) bottle Prosecco or sparkling wine, chilled
Optional: 1/4 cup fresh or thawed frozen raspberries

Puree peaches in  a blender.  You should have 1 cup.  Transfer to a bowl and chill.  If you are adding the raspberries, puree them in the blender now.
Strain the raspberry puree to remove the seeds.  Transfer to a bowl and chill.

For each serving:
Spoon a heaping tablespoon of peach puree into a Champagne glass.
Top with 1 tablespoon raspberry puree.  Fill the glass with the sparkling wine. 
Easy Bellinis

3/4 cup peach schnapps, chilled
1 (750 ml) bottle Prosecco or sparkling wine, chilled

For each serving:
Pour 2 tablespoons schnapps in a champagne glass.  Fill with sparkling wine.

(Serves 1)

The Bicicletta is said to get its name from the old Italian men who favor it, and who, after indulging in a few, wobble home on their bicycles. 

Ice cubes
2 ounces Campari
1-1/2 ounces white wine
1/2 ounce club soda
Lemon slices (optional)

Fill wine glasses with ice.    Add Campari, wine, and soda.    Stir to mix. 
Garnish with lemon slices, if desired.
Chocolate Cake Martini

(Serves 1)

3 ounces vanilla vodka
1/2 ounce Frangelico
3 ounces crème de cacao
Sweetened cocoa powder

Wet the rim of the martini glass with water.  Dip into the sweetened cocoa powder.

Place the liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake well.
Strain into the prepared martini glass to serve.
Frangelico Tuscan Mule

(Serves 1)

1-1/2 ounces Frangelico
4 ounces ginger ale
Orange slice

Pour the ingredients over ice in a tall glass.   Garnish with an orange slice.

(Serves 1)

1-1/2 ounces Amaretto
1-1/2 ounces scotch

Pour over ice in a glass, stir, and serve.

(Serves 1)

1-1/2 ounces Amaretto
1-1/2 ounces vodka

Pour over ice in a glass, stir, and serve.
Golden Cadillac

(Serves 1)

1 ounce Galliano
2 ounces white creme de cacao
1 ounce  light cream
1/2 cup crushed ice

Combine all ingredients in an electric blender.  Blend at low speed for ten seconds.  Strain into a champagne flute and serve.
Mad Monk

(Serves 1)

1 ounce gin
1 ounce Frangelico
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Crushed ice

Place all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker.  Shake and strain into a glass.
Garnish with slice of lemon, if desired.

(Serves 1)

A Negroni is an Americano with gin added.  It is named after Count Negroni who invented it in a  bar in Florence after World War II.

1 ounce Campari
1 ounce sweet vermouth
1 ounce gin
Slice of lemon or orange

Put ice and liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker.  Shake and strain into a chilled glass.  Garnish with lemon or orange slice.
Tuaca Lemon Drop

(Makes 1 serving)

1-1/2 ounces Tuaca
1/2 ounce Triple Sec
1 ounce Sweet and Sour Mix
Lemon wedge, squeezed.

Mix all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice.
Shake and strain into a sugar rimmed glass.
Wedding Cake Martini

(Serves 1)

3 ounces Amaretto
1/2 ounce vodka
1 ounce fresh squeezed orange juice
Crushed ice
Optional:  Dollop of sweetened whipped cream

Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker.  Shake well, strain into a martini glass.  Float a little cream on top to make it really taste like a cake.
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