While I was visiting Rome in the summer of 2017, I had access to the rooftop bar at the Hotel Albergo Del Senato, located in the Piazza Della Rotonda. When the waiter came to take my order, I couldn’t decide what I wanted to drink. I knew I wanted something sweet yet cool and refreshing. My waiter Marco asked what flavours I liked; I told him I love strawberries and a bit of mint. His reply was, “Ti farò qualcosa che amerai, fidati di me” translation “I will make you something you will love, trust me.” I am so glad I did.
Marco soon returned with this beautiful read bubbly drink in a large glass. After having a sip, I asked him what it was called. He said he just made it up, and it has strawberries, fresh mint with a bit of Prosecco. “Let us give it a name” Marco, sat down with me. We discussed a few names such as, Summer Love, The Heart of Italia, Strawberry Bliss, Mediterranean Heat. After a while, we just started talking, and I told him I can see how easy it is to fall in love with Roma; it is such a beautiful city. When he snapped his fingers and said, that is it, I will call it “Amore Romano.” We both laughed about how perfect it was. After Marco got me another drink, it was time for him to go back to work.
A light refreshing adult beverage to take you away to the shores of the Mediterranean.
Mortar and Pedestal
Beverage strainer or cheesecloth
3-5 Fresh Strawberries Washed, patted dry, with tops removed
1 Sprig of Mint Washed, patted dry and removed from stems
1.5 oz Strawberry Juice Organic Strawberry juice
1 oz Vodka – I recommend Punzoné. It is an exceptional ultra-premium line of organic vodka from Italy. Any vodka will work as most brands can be relatively interchangeable, each offering their own subtle twist to the same cocktail.
Lacryma Christi Prosecco – Any “Extra Dry” Prosecco is perfect for this drink
Ice Cubes As many as you like
Place 5 or 6 ice cubes in large wine glass and set aside
Place washed, patted dry mint leaves into mortar & pedistal and lightly crush to bring out the natural flavor of the mint
In a martinimixer add the crushed mint, 2 or 3 strawberries (with tops removed)
Slowly pour 1 oz of vodka and 1.5 oz of organic strawberry juice over the crushed mint and strawberries, placing the lid on the martini mixer shake vigorously for 30 seconds
Pour mixture through a beverage strainer or cheesecloth in to the wine glass with ice
Set beverage strainer/cheesecloth aside. Fill the remainder of the wine glass with Prosecco
Garnish with remainder of strawberries and a spring of mint.