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Sgroppino

icy Sgroppino cocktail in a white wine glass set on a stone surface
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Italy has given us a lot over the years. Vibrant cities, picturesque countrysides and coastlines, and culture for days. Then, of course, we have all the foods and drinks, which are too numerous to count without falling into a hungry trance wherein your eyes turn into spinning plates of pasta. The point is, Italy exports some of our favorite things, including the Negroni and Aperol Spritz. Now, let’s add one more drink to the long list of good drinks: the Sgroppino, a delightful combo of prosecco, vodka and sorbet that hails from Venice and is part cocktail, part dessert.

This recipe comes from Pietro Caldarelli, who created the drink during his time as beverage director at Feroce, the Italian restaurant at the Moxy Chelsea hotel in New York. He mixed the Sgroppino tableside and says making it was just about as fun as drinking one. “The cliffs of Amalfi and village[s] on water cities of Italy are about as picturesque as summer can get,” he says. “This regional Italian frozen cocktail derived from Venice is the ultimate summer refresher.” It’s hard to argue with that.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be in Italy or even NYC to taste the Sgroppino because it’s simple to make at home. The drink only requires three easy-to-obtain ingredients, and you don’t even need to enlist a shaker. Combine the ingredients in a bowl, give everything a good whip until the sorbet and liquids form into a smooth, icy mixture, and pour the contents into your glass. Serve after dinner on warm nights to channel Italy with each sip of the cold, delicious treat.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces prosecco (such as Valdo), chilled

  • 1/2 ounce vodka (such as Tito's)

  • 1 scoop Sorrento lemon sorbet

Steps

  1. Add the prosecco, vodka and lemon sorbet into a chilled bowl and whip until foamy and velvety.

  2. Pour into a white wine glass.