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Saluti! A Toast to Cocktail Mixes and Bitters

Wondering where to buy Italian cocktail mixes for your next dinner party? You needn’t look further than Supermarket Italy's selection of Italian cocktail syrups and Italian bitters. Shop now and say cheers! Read More

Are you Ready for an Aperitivo?

There’s a reason that so many gourmands, travelers, and curious cocktail enthusiasts love to travel to Italy. Aside from Italy’s claim to fame with some of the world’s finest dishes, ingredients, fruits, vegetables, and wines, Italy is also home to some of the best spirits, cocktails, and mixed drinks in the world.

In Italy, it is common to enjoy an aperitivo before sitting down for dinner. As the name might suggest, the purpose of the aperitivo is to whet one’s appetite in preparation for whatever delicious meal awaits them. In a way, it’s similar to the Happy Hours of the USA— after all, a small, pre-meal drink is likely a tradition that’s been enjoyed around the world since the beginning of time. However, while American Happy Hours drinks of choice tend to be beers or wine, aperitivos are uniquely Italian— think Campari, Aperol, or various brands of vermouth, neat.

Nothing to be Bitter About

Despite the harsh sounding name, Italian bitters contain a sort of magic. However, not all bitters are the same— and if you think you’re aware of all there is to know about them, you may be surprised.

  • Cocktail Bitters

For many Americans, these are what come to mind when someone mentions bitters. These intensely flavored liquids have a somewhat transformative quality; a few small drops can elevate a simple glass of prosecco, add a hint of aroma to a cocktail, or can even be mixed with sparkling water to battle a hangover. Cocktail bitters can be found in a dazzling array of varieties, from black walnut to spiced cherry.

  • Digestive Italian Bitters

Italy, along with many other European countries (particularly Germany,) enjoy digestive bitters either with ice or neat preceding or following a meal. In Italy, popular choices include Campari and Aperol. Meanwhile, in Germany, Underberg and Jagermeister are both popular choices.

  • Nonalcoholic Italian Bitters

Not all Italian bitters are made with alcohol! Booze-free, sparkling bitters are an incredibly popular drink for aperitivos. Popular versions include the spicy, fruit-scented Stappj Red Bitter and Aperol-like Sanbitter Dry.

What are Italian Cocktail Syrups, and How Can They Be Used?

Looking for a unique cocktail idea for your next party? Take a page out of Italy’s book and add some pizzazz to your spirits with Italian cocktail syrups. Though these syrups are perhaps best known for being a tasty finishing touch to cocktails, they can also be used in sodas, milkshakes, or as a topping for yoghurt or ice cream. Once you know where to buy Italian cocktail mixes, your options are limitless.

If you’re a first-timer looking to buy cocktail syrups from Italy, we’d like to recommend some of our personal favorites:

How do I Know Where to Buy Italian Cocktail Mixes?

Hoping to buy cocktail syrups and Italian bitters, but unsure where to start? You’ve come to the right place.

Here at Supermarket Italy, it’s our mission to bring gourmet Italian food and drinks to homes all over the United States. When it comes to Italian cocktail syrups and other goodies for the bar, we know that quality comes first. We only source the finest syrups and Italian bitters— and sell them at the most competitive prices possible. In fact, when you spend over $50 on an order, we throw shipping in for free!

Buy cocktail syrups and bitters from Supermarket Italy today and experience la dolce vita!