Easter brings family, brunch, and sweet treats together. If you’re honoring a family tradition or making a new one with friends this year, prepare a cocktail in under five minutes with a historic Italian liqueur made with a family-owned secret recipe passed down since 1894. Amaro Lucano’s roots go back to the tiny village of Pisticci of the Lucania region in the province of Matera. It was here that Pasquale Vena created a special recipe in the backroom of his famous cookie bakery, a recipe that is still a well-kept secret today. Amaro Lucano has become a family staple on tables throughout Italy and is deeply rooted in tradition. It has gained popularity in the U.S. as a multi-dimensional mixologist secret. Amaro, Italian for bitter, is traditionally made by infusing grape brandy with a secret, 30-plus mix of herbs, essential oils, flowers, aromatic bark, citrus peel and spices—a blend that can include anything from cardamom to elderberry flowers. It is characterized by floral and citrus flavors and a rich bouquet of spice and herbs.
- 3 white sugar cubes
- .5 oz of still water
- 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream
- 3 bar spoons of Amaro Lucano
- Put the sugar cubes in the shaker and add .5 oz of water, add two scoops of vanilla ice cream.
- Then add three bar spoons of Amaro Lucano and shake.
Sparkling Ice® cocktails
What better way to kick off Easter Sunday brunch than with some bubbly cocktails featuring Sparkling Ice and Santa Margherita.
Pomegranate Champagne Punch
- 1 ½ cups Sparkling Ice Pomegranate Blueberry
- 1 cup pear nectar
- ¼ cup orange-flavored liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
- 1 bottle (750 ml) Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore
- Mint and blueberries for garnish
- In a large pitcher, combine Sparkling Ice Pomegranate Blueberry, pear nectar, and orange- flavored liqueur
- Slowly add Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore. Serve over ice
- Garnish with mint and blueberries
- 3 oz. Sparkling Ice Peach Nectarine
- 2 oz. Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore
- Sliced white peaches, lemon, and basil for garnish
- Pour Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore, then Sparkling Ice Peach Nectarine over ice
- Garnish with sliced peaches, lemon, and basil
DIY Mimosa Bar
- 1 bottle (750ml) Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore
- Assorted fruits such as sliced strawberries, raspberries, blackberries or kiwi
- Assorted fruit juices (orange, mango, blood orange, lemonade)
- 10 mint leaves, torn
- 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
- ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
- Combine confectioners’ sugar, mint, and lemon together in a blender until smooth.
- Chill in refrigerator for 10 minutes
- Divide the mixture into glasses
- Pour Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore into each glass, stir
- Top with selected juice. Garnish each glass with fruit
Sparkling Ice combine sparkling water, natural flavors, fruit juice, vitamins and antioxidants to offer a great tasting, lightly carbonated beverage all without the calories. Sparkling Ice is available in twelve refreshing fruit flavors. Sparkling Ice Lemonade was launched in 2013 and is available in six refreshing flavors. Sparkling Ice Teas was launched nationally in 2015 and include Raspberry Tea, Lemon Tea, and Peach Tea flavors.
Founded in 1935, Santa Margherita is a world-renowned Italian winery that prides itself on its deep-rooted values of provenance, character, and craftsmanship. Headquartered in Veneto for the past 80 years, Santa Margherita has grown into one of the most sought-after wine brands in the world.
In line with Santa Margherita’s dedication to crafting one-of-a-kind wines, the brand seeks to encourage consumers to be true to themselves and enjoy life’s moments with the people they care about most. Santa Margherita is committed to making a premium, top-quality wine that complements consumers’ lives and enriches their stories.
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