You might have seen it on cocktail menus, or seen it on liquor store shelves — Cocchi Americano is a bartender obsession. But what is it, and what does it taste like?
Cocchi (pronounced COKE-ee) is an Italian aperitif wine, which makes it similar to the French Lillet. Made from Moscato di Asti, it’s gently flavored with herbs and spices (including gentian, orange peel, elderberry, and more). The result is a nice balance of dry and sweet, and delicious to sip on its own before dinner over ice. But it’s incredible in cocktails too, and, at just 16.5% alcohol, a much lighter alternative to spirits. Here are three of our favorite ways to use Cocchi Americano.
Easy: Cocchi & Soda
We’ll drink Cocchi Americano and soda water all spring long, but why not dress it up a little? Muddling just a few red grapes in the bottom adds a little sweet-tart flavor to the drink and matches perfectly with the wine-based Cocchi. And it’s so low-alcohol you can have three before dinner.