Italy to Brooklyn: Campari America Liqueurs Fall Cocktails at August Laura

So many wonderful alcohol and cocktail posts to do, and so little time. It’s been a tailspin of cocktail experiences over the past few weeks, it’s almost hard to keep up. we recently had the pleasure of experiencing a barrage of delicious Italian fall cocktails at the newly opened Italian cocktail bar, August Laura, in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. What better spirits to celebrate this wonderful new Italian cocktail bar with than these Italian Campari America liqueurs: Campari, Aperol, Cynar, Frangelico, etc.

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To celebrate the fall season, we had a chance to indulge in a few of August Laura’s new fall cocktail offerings, all of which are made with the bitter liqueurs from the Campari America, all of which are authentic to Italy.


We got to enjoy five Fall inspired Italian cocktails (their recipes are featured below): The Passport, Fall into Italy, Carciofi Shandy, Italian Bird, and So It Appears. These perfect seasonal cocktails feature several of the Campari America Liqueurs: Campari, an alcoholic spirit obtained from the infusion of bitter herbs aromatic plants and fruit in alcohol and water; Averna, a Sicilian Amaro that boasts a bittersweet taste, carrying hints of orange and licorice, balanced with notes of myrtle, juniper berries, rosemary and sage; Cynar, an artichoke-based bittersweet liqueur with a taste enriched by an infusion of 13 herbs and plants; and Aperol, a unique, bittersweet aperitif with a low alcohol content derived from a secret recipe.


Italian Bird

.75 parts Campari
1.5 parts Appleton Rum
.5 parts Fino Sherry
.5 parts Honey Water
Pinch of Salt
Pineapple Sage
Garnish with an orange wedge

The Passport

1 part Campari
1 part White Vermouth
1 part Fresh Grapefruit Juice
.5 Lime
.5 Simple Syrup
Rhubarb Bitters
Top with soda, garnish with orange wedge and cucumbers

Fall into Italy

.75 parts Averna
.75 parts Cognac
.75 parts Appleton Rum
.75 parts Fresh Lemon Juice
.75 parts Simple Syrup
2 dashes Chocolate Bitters
Garnish with an orange wedge

Carciofi Shandy

1.5 parts Cynar
1 part Apple Cider
.75 parts Fresh Lemon Juice
.5 parts Cinnamon Syrup
Top with Ginger Beer

So It Appears

1 part Aperol
1.5 parts Cinzano Prosecco
.75 parts Fresh Lemon Juice
.5 parts Soda Water
.5 parts Vanilla Syrup
Muddled Pear Slices
Top with prosecco. Garnish with a thin slice of pear

To indulge yourself in these wonderful fall cocktails, head over to the August Laura Italian cocktail bar, located at 387 Court St, Brooklyn, NY. Are you a fan of Italian liqueurs? What are your thoughts on the Campari America liqueurs and these fall cocktails?

Make Your Sprits Bright | Holiday Inspired Cocktails

Drink and be merry – that’s the basic philosophy during the holidays and I’m here to continue to celebrate that very thing. When the stress of work and misery of horrible events show their ugly heads, it’s time to be thankful for and celebrate life, especially during the holidays. I’ve decided to toast to my life, how ever imperfect it may be because I do have said life – what better way than with holiday themed cocktails made with the very smooth from these smooth dark liquors.

Flor de Caña 7 Year Rum, a must-try rum from Nicaragua. Aged for seven years in a combination of whiskey and bourbon barrels, this dark rum with hints of a copper hue is bold yet smooth. It’s extra smoothness and full-body leads to medium-bodied palate of dark caramel and toasted nuts and finishes with a dry toasted coconut fade. While many will love this on the rocks, I implore you to try it in a cocktail like the one featured below:

Santa’s Surprise

1.5 oz Flor de Caña 7 Year Rum
0.5 oz Lemon Juice
0.5 oz Cranberry Juice
0.75 oz Vanilla Syrup
2 Dashes Orange Bitters

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a lemon, strawberry, and sprig of mint.

I’ve always been a huge fan of hazelnut (hello Nutella and Ferrero Rocher® chocolates) which is why I absolutely love Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur. The pale gold liqueur is made with toasted wild hazelnuts combined with cocoa, vanilla berries and a host of other natural extracts giving it a smooth, long finish with fragrant back-note. The real beauty of this classic liqueur is its versatility, it is season-less; drink it in winter and summer to warm you up or cool you down; short or long; straight or mixed. Try it every way.

Frangelico® Truffle

1 oz Frangelico
1 oz SKYY vodka
3/4 oz of espresso
Shake with ice, served chilled up in a cocktail or martini glass. Dust with dark chocolate shavings.

CAMUS VS Elegance Cognac is a careful blend of eaux-de-vie made from wines distilled without lees. The uber-smooth, slightly floral and fruity cognac is perfect for entertaining or sipping by the fire, this recipe will make you and your guests feel extra special this year. The personality of this golden brown cognac is very faithful to the original aromas of the wine and the quintessential flavors of the Charente terroir and is characterized by delicate fruity and floral notes.

Fallen Leaf Manhattan

2 oz CAMUS VS Elegance Cognac
0.75 oz Sweet Vermouth
0.25 oz Maple Syrup

Pour all ingredients in a glass shaker (Dry shake).
Add ice and shake until frothy. Served up or on ice. Garnish with candied artisanal Walnut or plain Walnut

What delicious cocktails will you be enjoying this holiday season?