5 ways to bring Italian style to your next cocktail hour

The Amalfi coast is a place where life tastes a little sweeter. There, pastel-coloured homes hug dramatic cliffs while the smell of lemon groves mixes with the salty Mediterranean atmosphere. This is a place where many summer adventures have been inspired, not to mention the botanicals in Malfy Gin.

If you want to bring Italian flair to your summer cocktail hour, Malfy will do the trick. It’s a gin that is truly unique, with notes of Italian lemons and pink grapefruit, as well as Italian juniper.

Marie Claire shares her tips on how to bring the magic of Italy and La Dolce Vita to your cocktail recipes. These drinks will always impress.

1. Choose your favorite Italian tipple


Malfy Gin comes in four delicious varieties. The vibrant Malfy Gin Rosa features Sicilian pink grapefruits, the bright Malfy Con Arancia has a zesty taste of Sicilian Blood Oranges, and Malfy Con Limone uses Italian sun-ripened Lemons and Amalfi Lemon Peel. At the same time, Malfy Originale offers a classic dry gin style with an Italian twist.


2. Aperitivo Hour gets a new twist with your favorite cocktail recipes

Malfy is a great way to mix up your drinks, whether you are a classic drinker or like a little twist. If you want to try something easy and quick but full of botanicals, then go for it. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, push your cocktail-making skills further. Mix Malfy Con Arancia with Sanpellegrino Limonata and blood orange-flavored Prosecco to give your spritz an extra twist. Garnish with a blackberry, pink grapefruit, and sage for the final touches.

How about a signature Gin and tonic with a twist? This drink is made with Malfy Gin Rosa with pink grapefruit flavor, Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic, and garnished by a pink grapefruit ring and rosemary sprig.


3. Small plates are the stars

You can enjoy aperitivo with a variety of small plates, antipasti, and pillowy focaccia with plenty of olives. If you’re looking for the perfect Malfy cocktail, try dishes inspired by the Amalfi coast, such as anchovy-crusted crostini or bite-sized bowls with spaghetti vongole. All of these dishes are paired with a fresh squeeze of lemon. For dessert, serve a show-stopping Sgroppino – the citrusy cocktail that features Malfy Gin Con Limone and is served with lemon sorbet.


4. Create memories by setting the scene

Tablescaping is a great way to transport your guests to warmer, sunnier climes. Dress up your table with linens, glassware, and tableware from La DoubleJ, all inspired by Italian design. Mix and match styles to create an eclectic look. Do not forget to include candles (think Acqua di Parma if you want a true Italian look), fresh flowers, and vibrant herbs in your decor.

Eucalyptus intertwined around the table is always stunning. Citrus fruit, like the lemons and blood oranges found in Malfy, can also make an impression.


5. Be prepared for spontaneous socializing

If you picture a summer evening in Italy as a warm, sunny day, then it is all about being on a busy piazza with a drink in your hand next to the fountain. Italians are adept at celebrating any occasion, whether it is a celebration or an after-work drink. The British weather is notorious for its unpredictable nature and can ruin your plans for the summer. But with Malfy, you will always be prepared to make some impressive cocktails in a hurry. Malfy’s botanicals will always make your event special, whether you are hosting a group of friends for a dinner party or preparing a cocktail at the last minute.


Do you want to make Italian food in a snap? Next time you entertain, try this cocktail.



  • 35ml Malfy Gin Con Arancia
  • 50ml Sanpellegrino Limonata
  • 50ml Prosecco
  • Blackberry, pink grapefruit slice & sage


  • Mix ingredients in a large glass with cubed ice.
  • Garnish the dish with blackberries and pink grapefruit slices.

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