Bellissimo Aceto (Lambrusco-Amaro Cocktail) Recipe

The bittersweet, tart, and fruity flavor of this sparkling cocktail is perfect with rich cocktail-party fare.

A bellissimo aceto cocktail served in a champagne flute.

Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

Why It Works

  • This cocktail has a unique, but balanced, combination of vinegar, amaro, mint, and Lambrusco.
  • Shaking the fresh mint with the vinegar and the amaro bruises the leaves, releasing their aroma and flavor.

When a French 75 goes red, you're in for a treat. This garnet-colored mouthful, from Corey Phillips of Bellina Alimentari in Atlanta, is bold and fruity, with a rich, bittersweet flavor contributed by Amaro Lucano, a liqueur from southern Italy's Basilicata region. The amaro is a bit like amped-up, licorice- and cinnamon-laced cola, and it adds an herbal, caramelly core to dry Lambrusco in this recipe. 

Mint leaves, slightly bruised once the mixture is shaken with ice, add freshness to the mix, while the sour element comes from a small amount of white balsamic vinegar. The wine's fizz and the amaro's bitterness make the drink a perfect pairing for buttery cocktail-party nibbles. Just make a cheese plate (or a meat and cheese plate), whip up a little chicken liver pâté, and you're set.

Want more sparkling cocktail options, for any season? This holiday pleaser has a pretty pink blush and cranberry cordial. This spritzy grapefruit variation forgoes sparkling wine in favor of a radler, and this tropical riff includes rum.


How to Make a French 75

December 2016

Recipe Facts

Active: 2 mins
Total: 2 mins
Serves: 2 servings

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  • 4 mint leaves
  • 1/4 ounce (7ml) white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 1/2 ounces (75ml) Amaro Lucano
  • Pinch salt
  • 6 ounces (180ml) chilled dry Lambrusco


  1. Add mint, white balsamic vinegar, Amaro Lucano, and salt to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously until well chilled, about 12 seconds. Double-strain into 2 Champagne flutes (you'll have about 1 1/2 ounces or 45ml of the mix in each glass).

  2. Top each glass with 3 ounces (90ml) Lambrusco and serve immediately.

Special Equipment

Cocktail shakercocktail strainer, fine-mesh strainer

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