Let's discover Milano most iconic cocktails

Three famous drinks invented in Milano

Milan is the capital of “aperitivo”. This is a recognition the city wears on its head like a laurel oak crown. Even if history teaches Turin was the first city that has started experiencing elegant drinks, it is impossible not to remember how Milan sit in front of a counter called “futurist mixology” - in the 30's, this tendency has launched a trend which still lasts nowadays: “the aperitivo” (aperitif).


Over time all cocktails for aperitivo have multiplied. Bars have increased in numbers. Clients have intensified requests of special drinks. A lot of new cocktails have been invented. Currently among gin, mezcal and tequila, Milano does not stop experimenting.

Negroni Sbagliato

When the 60s arrived, cocktails were a luxury in Milan. People who could afford them attended all bars which currently are considered historic ones. Among magistrates, industrials and designers, Bar Basso was one of the first cafes that started creating one of Milano the most iconic drinks. History tells bar manager Mirko Stocchetto blended for mistake sparkling wine instead of gin, with Bitter Campari and red vermouth. He invented the Negroni Sbagliato.


Negroni Sbagliato recipe

1/3 of brut sparkling wine

1/3 of red Vermouth (Carpano, originally)

1/3 of Campari

Slice of orange

Zucca lavorato "secco"

Verdi, Toscanini and Marinetti, it is still possible to have the same drinks they had before performing at La Scala. Just ask for a “Zucca lavorato secco” at Camparino, a real bar-institution in Milan with magnificent view in front of Duomo (the venue is currently undergoing restoration). The cocktail is based on a liquor which is created with secret recipe.


Recipe of Zucca lavorato "secco"

Cent’erbe liquor Zucca (secret recipe)


Rabarbaro Zucca


Minced ice

Slice of orange

Gin Rosa

Few steps from San Babila Square there is another traditional bar: the Gin Rosa - producing its namesake nectar. Here it is possible to try a shakered Gin Rosa. If you decide to take a break sitting at counter or tables under the Gallery, it will seem to dive in past drinking Milano atmosphere.


Recipe of Shakered Gin Rosa

Gin Rosa

Angostura (a little spoon)

Skin of orange