At brunch recently, an Italian friend of mine cancelled my normal brunch drink and ordered me a Bicicletta instead. “Trust me,” he said, laying on the Italian accent of course, “you’ll love it.” And he was right. Bitter, sweet, effervescent and not too strong, this vibrantly colored cocktail is a must for brunch or a summer picnic when you wanna mix it up. Get the supersimple 3-ingredient plus garnish recipe below.
The Bicicletta supposedly gets its name from the old Italian men who would wobble and swerve on their “biciclettas” (Italian for “bicycles”) on their way home after having a few too many to drink. Personally, I think it’s best made with a dry Italian white wine, such as pinot grigio, as it balances the bitter components of savory Campari. Play around with the amount of club soda you add too. The goal is to add enough club soda to make the drink light and sparkling, but not so much that you dilute the drink and it’s bright red color.
Please forgive the bluriness of the photo, perhaps I had one too many biciclettas at that point.
Makes 1 drink
2 ounces Campari, an Italian liqueur
2 ounces white wine, preferably Italian
- Combine Campari, white wine and club soda.
- Gently stir to mix–you don’t want to deflate the carbonation.
- Garnish with lemon slice and enjoy.
When I was younger, the idea of drinking tomato juice and alcohol, separately or together, seemed like some sort of method of torture. Somewhere along the way though–perhaps after a few college hangovers–I discovered how refreshing an ice cold, slap-you-in-the-face spicy and spiked tomato juice, also known as a Bloody Mary, can be.
Part of the fun when ordering a Bloody Mary is that everyone has their own special recipe or variation. From Mexican- to Asian- and Southern-inspired twists, you can find any variety of flavors in this boozy brunch staple. So whip up the original, first served at the St. Regis New York in 1934, then try four of our favorite variations from around the globe! Then, if you’re up for it, or still standing, make up your own version and share it with us in the comments!
Get the recipes:
1. The Original Bloody Mary
Serve this on its own, or tweak to make the zesty twists like the ones below.
2. The Capitol Mary
This briny version–spiked with Old Bay Seasoning and clam juice–from the St. Regis Washington, D.C., tastes like an appetizer-cocktail combo!
3. The Bora Mary
The St. Regis Bora Bora adds a sweet and refreshing tropical twists: watermelon juice!
4. The Downhill Snapper
Served at the St. Regis Aspen, this springy, citrus-and-herb-spiked drink is inspired by the hotel’s verdant garden.
5. The West Paces Mary
Pickled okra juice gives a Southern spin to this tangy take from the St. Regis Atlanta.