3 food and cocktail pairings for an enchanting autumn happy hour

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This fall and winter, we can’t wait to catch up on the moments that matter, from colorful walks accompanied by equally lively cocktails to snowy evenings sipping on something sweet.

Whether you’re planning the vacation or just planning on taking that summer energy with you during the colder months, we’ve got cocktails and light snacks to get you through a season of happy hours and little ones. gatherings.

The concept of the aperitif (or aperitif, in Italian) is very European and involves sipping bitter cocktails infused with vermouth meant to be sipped before a big meal or a party.

“In Italy, it’s second nature to get together after work for an aperitif, usually wine or vermouth with friends, family and colleagues,” says Stephanie Lamb, Account Manager for MARTINI Vermouth and Bartender at long time. “This appetizer is usually accompanied by small snacks and snacks.”

According to Lamb, it’s about finding a human connection around food and drink – something MARTINI Vermouth has long encouraged over its more than 150-year history. In honor of bonding with friends and family over ‘old-fashioned’ food and drink, Lamb has all the best cocktails and finger foods out there.

Cafe Negroni

Coffee Negroni (Vermouth MARTINI)

For those who are discovering the charms of vermouth, it is a wine-based spirit that has been flavored and enriched with different plants, barks, spices, flowers and fruits. In this warm and sophisticated take on the classic negroni, the coffee softens the bitterness of the vermouth while the cinnamon adds delicious and warm flavors.

According to Lamb, this cocktail is best enjoyed before dinner and can be paired with toasted walnuts or Marcona almonds – or “even after dinner with cheeky chocolate-coated almonds.”

Ingredients (3 servings):

  • 1 part of MARTINI Rosso vermouth
  • 1 part of BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin
  • 1 part of MARTINI Riserva Speciale or Italian bitter liqueur
  • 1/2 cup of coffee beans
  • 1/8 cup freshly sliced ​​ginger
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Method:

In a mason jar, add the coffee beans, ginger slices and cinnamon sticks. Add the MARTINI Rosso, MARTINI Riserva Speciale Bitter or bitter Italian liqueur and BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin. Close the jar and let it sit overnight or for at least two hours. Pour your homemade infusion into a highball glass. Add ice and stir, allowing the cocktail to become completely chilled and mixed.

Torino Fizz

Torino Fizz (Vermouth MARTINI)

With a sparkling and surprisingly complex taste, the herbs of vermouth shine in this herbaceous oregano and vanilla cocktail perfectly complemented by the acidity of prosecco.

“The Torino Fizz is one of my favorite aperitif cocktails,” says Lamb. “It’s low ABV, and the effervescence of the prosecco pairs well with the vermouth herbs.” She recommends pairing the cocktail with reheated olives, cold cuts, bread and cheese, or something tangy, like stuffed peppers, anchovies, or artichokes in olive oil.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 volumes of MARTINI Rosso vermouth
  • 3 parts of Prosecco MARTINI
  • 1 skewer of orange zest and olive

Method:

In a highball glass, add the MARTINI Rosso vermouth. Fill the glass with ice cubes and stir to cool the vermouth. Garnish with Prosecco MARTINI. Stir again in an up and down motion to combine the ingredients. Garnish and serve.

Mule Bianco

Bianco Mule (Vermouth MARTINI)

“The Bianco Mule can only be described as a hybrid cocktail designed for modern tastes,” says Lamb. “Kind of like a lower ABV Moscow mule turned into an appetizer cocktail with Bianco vermouth.” Vermouth Bianco is sweet, made from white grapes and flowers, and has hints of vanilla that will shine through the spicy notes of ginger beer.

To complement the spicy vanilla and ginger notes of the cocktail, Lamb suggests serving small bites of seafood, like squid, as well as spicier dishes like bread and bomba (an Italian pepper spread, d eggplant and tomato) or tapenade (a spread with kalamata olives).

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 volumes of MARTINI Bianco vermouth
  • 3 parts ginger beer
  • 1 lime wheel
  • Fresh vanilla bean (optional)

Method:

In a mule mug, add the MARTINI Bianco vermouth. Fill the glass with ice cubes and stir to cool the vermouth. Garnish with ginger beer. Stir again in an up and down motion to combine the ingredients. Garnish and serve.


For more delicious cocktail recipes and recipe combinations, you can visit martini.com.

As always, remember that drinks are best enjoyed when consumed responsibly.

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