Mother’s Day is coming up quickly this year, and this is the year that we beat the Italians at the game they know best, showing their Mammas how much they adore them. One in three Italian men are reported to see their mothers on a daily basis, over two-thirds of millenial Italian males still live at home, and Mother’s Day in Italy, or “La Festa Della Mamma”, is a huge event, a day for celebrating with family and indulging in food, and a few too many cocktails. Now you may not be ready to move back in with your parents or maybe you can’t afford to take the women in your life all the way to a little villa in Italy to celebrate the big day, but we have you covered.
Cocchi Americano and Cocchi Rosa are two of our favourite options for a lighter cocktail base, perfect for a Spring brunch. In Asti, a city in the Piedmont region of Northwestern Italy, at the foot of the Alps, where hills are wrapped with rows of vines, charming farmhouses, and ancient villas, Cocchi is recognized as the “aperitif par excellence”, and is integral to the history of the town itself.
Here is a list of some of our favourite Italian-inspired, Cocchi-based cocktails that are sure to help you make the lady in your life feel like a beautiful Italian Mamma in the comfort of her own backyard.
Base - 2oz Cocchi Americano Bianco or Cocchi Americano Rosa
Mix - Soda, Prosecco, Ginger Beer, Lemon Soda or Tonic Water
Garnish - Citrus peel, thyme, mint, smashed basil leaves, or rosemary sprig
In a rocks glass filled with ice, add 2oz of Cocchi of choice. Top with soda or prosecco, and add garnish of choice.
1.5oz Cocchi Americano Rosa
1oz Cocchi Americano
In a large wineglass or rocks glass filled with ice combine cocchi rosa, cocchi americano blanco and top with prosecco. Garnish with a slice of pink grapefruit.
Fuori Giardino - “Outside in the Garden”
2oz Cocchi Americano
1oz London Dry Gin
2oz San pellegrino Limonata
In a rocks glass filled with ice, combine all ingredients and stir. Garnish with a lemon twist or a sprig of mint.
Ciao Bella - “Hello Beautiful”
2oz Cocchi Rosa
1/2oz London Dry Gin
2oz freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
Grapefruit peel garnish
In a large wine glass or rocks glass filled with ice combine Cocchi, gin and grapefruit juice. Garnish with grapefruit peel and drink up!
Belladonna - “Beautiful Woman”
1 oz Cocchi Rosa
1 oz Tequila
5 oz Campari
Grapefruit slice garnish
In a rocks glass filled with ice combine all ingredients and stir vigorously. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit. Cin cin!
*Cocchi Americano Bianco and Cocchi Rosa are available at both locations for $44 each.
Check out the Cocchi website for more delicious cocktail recipes here.