What to drink for aperitivo, after dinner and on the slopes

An aperitivo before dinner is a well-established tradition in Cortina d'Ampezzo. Nobody misses this opportunity to relax with friends at the end of the day over a drink

WINES

Cortina d’Ampezzo is blessed by herproximity to the Piave valley to the south and the Isarco valley to the east, both producers of great wines. As for the wines from the Veneto region, the Prosecco,  white sparkling wine normally drunk as an aperitif, is a real national pride and a key ingredient in most local aperitifs. The Piave region offers a great variety of white and red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot grigio and Pinot nero. On the South Tyrol side we find great classics such as Gewürztraminer, Muller-Thurgau, Kerner, Sylvaner, Riesling and Lagrein.

 

 

 

 

DRINK LIKE THE LOCALS

Cortina d'Ampezzo offers restaurants, wine-bars, pubs and cafes to suit all tastes. From trendy wine-bars and gourmet restaurants to mountain farms and traditional refuges, visitors to Cortina d'Ampezzo are spoilt for choice. From sunrise to sunset, breakfast to dinner, the options are endless, in town as well

as on the mountain. An aperitivo before dinner is a well-established tradition in Cortina d'Ampezzo. Nobody misses this opportunity to relax with friends at the end of the day over a drink, accompanied by some mouth-watering local delicacy.

SPRITZ

Aperitif with Prosecco, Aperol and soda water.

BICICLETTA

A low alcohol content aperitif for two people, with prosecco and gingerino (served for three, it becomes a Tricycle instead of a Bicycle).

HUGO

White wine, Prosecco and elderberry syrup, with mint leaves.

 

AFTER DINNER

GRAPPA

A spirit with roughly 40° alcohol, distilled from wine marc. There are countless variants of grappa, from the purest to the mostly intensely aromatised with fruit or herbs.

SGROPPINO

A fruit-flavoured ice cream (usually lemon or tangerine) blended with Prosecco.

ON THE SLOPES

HOT CHOCOLATE WITH CREAM 

BOMBARDINO

A warming drink based on cream, hot eggnog, Brandy and coffee (recipes vary according to local areas).