As the weather outside gets colder and colder, we are left to our own devices to keep ourselves warm. This can include cozying with a blanket, turning up the heat, or in the case of today’s blog, enjoying a nice, warm drink. Here at Strega, we pride ourselves on serving excellent Italian-inspired cuisine in one of the most beloved Italian-American areas in the nation: Boston’s North End. In keeping with our roots in Italian cuisine, today we’ll be exploring hot Italian-inspired drinks that you can warm up with this winter. To learn more information, keep reading below or give us a call at 617-523-8481 to make a reservation with us today!
If its the Bombardino’s interesting name that draws you in, the taste will certainly make you stay. Popularized by patrons of Italy’s many ski resorts, such as those situated in the Alps, this hot drink remains a staple of Italian culture. A standard Bombardino consists of warm zabaione, cream, and brandy, though the drink has seen a number of diverse iterations and alterations over its existence. According to Italy Magazine, there are three distinct versions of the Bombardino:
- The Calimero, made with warm zabaione and espresso
- The Pirata (or pirate), made with warm zabaione and rum
- The Scozzese (or ‘The Scotsman’), made with warm zabaione and whiskey
Any and all of these varieties are unique and sure to arouse your tastebuds, so be sure to give a Bombardino a chance during the upcoming winter!
In a way, Vin Brule is the Italian interpretation of mulled wine as it is prepared in a similar way with similar ingredients. Vin Brule begins with red wine, which is then joined by spices and flavorings such as cinnamon, cloves, oranges, and others. Much like the Bombardino, there have been countless variations of Vin Brule, with recipes calling for the addition of ginger, and even nutmeg, depending on individual preferences and tastes. This winter, consider warming up with one of Italy’s most beloved hot drinks – Vin Brule!
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Whatever brings you to the North End, we’d love to see you here at Strega. Offering a delicious selection of Italian food and drink, Strega is located on historic Hanover Street right here in the North End! Call us at 617-523-8481 to make a reservation today! We hope to see you here soon.