Georges Milan is a city of fashion, good taste, and classical Italian elegance. Besides its fascinating architecture, famous museums, Ferrari and Lamborghini cars, and trendy fashion shows, the long history of the Milanese cocktails must be explored while visiting this beautiful city and its surroundings. If you are here, wear your best suit, the brightest red lipstick, or the most expensive high-heels, and award yourself with the most delicious and famous cocktails in these well-known old bars of the city. Because “la dolce vita” is the only thing that you should feel while discovering lovely Milan!
Cocktails and Aperitivo
According to some sources, the culture of cocktails has started in 1900 in Milan. The pure drinks as wine, grappa, or limoncello were more popular in this part of Italy. However, the 20th century has brought a better economic situation, more independence to people along with some new and undiscovered habits such as mixing a few drinks. The tradition of long dinners, alcohol tasting, and just having social time with family or friends has not been a new thing for Italians, as a result, the new trend of drinking cocktails easily has found a way to the hearts of Italians.
The most iconic and oldest cocktail of Milan is called the Milano-Torino cocktail. It is sweet, bitter, very easy to prepare, and a perfect option to be enjoyed during warm evenings. The cocktail is made of equal parts of Campari, sweet vermouth, and a few drops of orange juice. All ingredients are poured into an ice-filled glass, stir and garnish with a little slice of orange. Another great option a perfect pre-dinner drink is Milanese Gin Tonic. Equal parts of dry gin and Campari are mixed with tonic water and a little bit of lime juice. A tall glass might be full of ice cubes, then the cocktail should be poured on ice, garnished by a few slices of lime, and ready to be enjoyed. The third classical cocktail of Milan is Negroni Sbagliato. One part of Campari is mixed with one part of sweet vermouth and one part of sparkling wine. All three ingredients are stirred, poured on ice cubes, and garnished with a slice of fresh orange zest. The taste of Negroni Sbagliato is sweet with a little hint of bitterness and everything is crowned with dizzy bubbles, so after the first sip you will be sure that the fun night is waiting for you.
To be honest, Milan is full of cozy, trendy, and old bars where you can taste the best of Italian cuisine. However, it is worth to mention that Negroni Sbagliato was created in Bar Basso that can be found at Città Studi. What could be more authentic than tasting a traditional cocktail in an original place? If you are looking for a place to have your lunch, then do not miss a chance to order Milanese Gin Tonic at Fonderie Milanesi. This bar is located close to Bocconi University and it is known as an excellent place for an aperitive. And the third place is a historical bar called Jazz Cafè. This place is a very traditional and inseparable part of Milan for many years. Cin cin!