Nocino Cocktails

Nocino, the sweet Italian-style spirit infused with green walnuts and spices, is traditionally sipped as a digestif on its own after a meal. But with the rise in popularity of Italian liqueurs, more bartenders are mixing it into modern concoctions. Among our favorite preparations are those that riff on classic cocktails, though we also like nocino-based dessert drinks. Here are 4 great nocino concoctions.


Strawberries lend a jammy sweetness to this indulgent cream-topped elixir adapted from a recipe by James Meehan, owner of the Manhattan speakeasy PDT. See the recipe for the Tricolore Cocktail »

The Riccioni

Orange bitters balance out the sweet sherry, which, in turn, complements the nuttiness of the walnut-based nocino in this souped-up variation on a Manhattan from Lincoln Restaurant in Portland, Oregon. See the recipe for the Riccioni Cocktail »

Italian Sidecar

The recipe for this rich twist on a traditional sidecar comes from the Portland, Oregon, distillery Stone Barn Brandyworks. See the recipe for the Italian Sidecar »

Bourbon and Carrot Juice Cocktail
The Alpine Rabbit

Fresh carrot juice, bourbon, and a sweet, slightly bitter walnut liqueur combine in this drinkable twist on carrot cake.

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