20 Non-alcoholic Italian Drinks and Beverages

Non-alcoholic Italian Drinks

Like wine, Italian food, fashion, and landmarks, Italy is known for inventing some of the world’s leading non-alcoholic drinks and beverages.

This article will discuss some of these non-alcoholic Italian drinks and beverages.

1. Espresso

Espresso is one of the most famous non-alcoholic Italian drinks and beverages in the world. Espresso is both the name of a coffee drink and the method of brewing coffee.

In 1884, Angelo Moriondo created espresso (coffee brewing method), when he forced a small amount of hot water under high pressure through finely-ground coffee beans—resulting in a concentrated flavor, the thicker and almost syrupy texture of coffee.

Also, espresso uses various coffee beans and has more caffeine than other coffee beverages and drinks.

2. Caffe d’Orzo

Caffe d’Orzo is also called Orzo. Orzo is a caffeine-free drink that originated in Italy as an alternative to coffee.

During that time, coffee was expensive and difficult to find in Italy, so Italians refined roasting barley, which is not too different from coffee in both appearance and flavor.

Additionally, it has a lighter taste with notes of dark chocolate because of the roasted barley. Furthermore, it needs an espresso machine or a specialized pot called orziera.

3. Shakerato

Shakerato is an Italian variation of ice coffee. it is made up of sweetened espresso and ice cubes that are shaken in a shaker.

It is served in a stemmed glass with creamy vanilla. Additionally, it has a frothy layer on top when pouring the drink and is best during summer.

4. Bicerin

Bicerin was created in Turin during the 18th century. The name bicerin comes from the Italian word for glass, bicchiere.

Although Caffe Al Bicerin and Caffe Florio claim the origin of Bicerin, it is a classic drink in Turin and famous in the world today.

Additionally, bicerin is made with espresso, hot chocolate with whipped cream. The drink is served in a tall, clear stemmed glass displaying all three layers.

Furthermore, bicerin is not just a drink in Turin. It is more of a ritual; Alexandre Dumas and Umberto Eco celebrated this drink.

5. Caffe Moka

Caffe Moka is an Italian-styled coffee made with a Moka pot. A Moka pot is similar to an espresso machine.

However, a Caffe mocha is full-bodied, robust, and has a more intense flavor profile than regular coffee.

Moka pot was invented because the espresso machine was expensive. Thus, a Moka pot is more affordable and convenient.

6. Caffe Latte

The famous caffe latte has an Italian origin. It was first mentioned in 1867 in one of William Dean Howells’ Italian Journeys.

It is believed that the latte originated from cappuccino to make the drink more palatable to foreigners.

Thus, a caffe latte contains 2/3 milk and 1/3 espresso. The espresso is topped with steamed or frothed milk.

7. Macchiato

Macchiato is a drink primarily enjoyed in the afternoon. It consists of a shot of espresso, topped with only one or two teaspoons of steamed milk.

The name macchiato means spotted or stained in Italian. This refers to the small amount of milk that is meant to smear the espresso in the cup.

Additionally, the milk added to the espresso is meant only to enhance the flavor of the coffee and should never overpower it.

8. Caffe Americano

Caffe Americano is different from American coffee. Caffe americano contains 1/2 hot water and 1/2 espresso.

The process of making coffee americano dissipates the crema, the creamy foam on top of an espresso.

Moreover, it is believed that the coffee americano was invented during WWII when the foreign soldiers would not withstand the intense flavor of espresso.

Thus, the espresso was diluted with hot water to suit their taste.

9. Ristretto

The Ristretto is half a single shot of espresso. Ristretto is prepared in an espresso machine.

The difference between a ristretto and an espresso is that in preparing a ristretto, the regular amount of finely ground coffee is extracted with half the amount of water used for a traditional espresso.

They result in a more concentrated drink with a different balance of compounds than in a regular espresso. Also, ristretto is less bitter than a regular espresso.

10. Cappuccino

Cappuccino is one of the most famous non-alcoholic Italian drinks and beverages in the world.

The Capuchin monks (“Frati Cappuccini” in Italian) in Turin invented this famous drink during the 17th century.

They believed that black coffee was a devil’s drink and decided to add white “pure” milk to the drink. We can easily guess how the name “Cappuccino” came about.

However, a mechanic Giuseppe living close to the monastery, improved the way cappuccino was prepared and invented the prototype of the cappuccinatore.

Down till today, coffee machines use the same technology created by the mechanic Giuseppe to prepare cappuccino.

In addition, traditional Italian cappuccino is usually served in a small cup which is preheated occasionally. Cappuccino is only drunk during breakfast or mornings.

Furthermore, cappuccino is made with a single or double shot of espresso topped with light and frothy steamed milk. In Italy, it is preferred for a cappuccino to have more foam than liquid.

11. Blackberry Italian Soda

Blackberry Italian soda is a non-alcoholic Italian drink that can be enjoyed at any time of day.

Moreover, it is made with Smucker’s blackberry syrup. Club soda is served in a tall, clear, stemmed glass.

12. Italian Soda

Italian soda is a non-alcoholic Italian drink that can be enjoyed any time of the day, but mainly in the afternoons.

It is made up of blackberry, blueberry, heavy cream, frozen strawberry, and ice.

It is prepared by pouring the blackberry syrup into an ice-filled glass, then the heavy cream and frozen strawberry are added with the blueberry on top.

13. Crodino

Crodino has been in existence for over 50 years. Its’ spice, herbs, and blend is a closely guarded secret.

However, it has a depth of clove spice with woody and bitter notes. It is served in an ice-filled glass with a slice of orange to bring out its amber tones.

14. Peroni Libera

Peroni Libera comes from the producer of the alcoholic drink Nastro Azzurro. This non-alcoholic Italian drink has a pale straw color.

Although, it has a hops and malted barley taste along with a pleasant biscuity lemon finish.

15. Italian cream soda

Italian cream soda is a non-alcoholic Italian beverage made with 1/2 cup of club soda, two tablespoons of raspberry, three tablespoons of syrup, one tablespoon of vanilla, and one tablespoon half & half, ice cubes, whipped cream, and cream. It is served in tall, clear glass.

16. Affogato

Affogato is a non-alcoholic Italian beverage taken as a dessert. It is made with espresso, chocolate shavings, and gelato served in tall, clear glass.

17. Granita di Caffe con Panna

Granita di Caffe con Panna is a simple non-alcoholic Italian beverage taken mainly in the afternoon. It is iced espresso with whipped cream.

It is made up of heavy cream, brewed espresso, white sugar, and cookies, served in a tumbler along with a small spoon or straw.

18. Sicilian lemon granita

Sicilian lemon granita is one of the non-alcoholic Italian drinks and beverages. It is pretty simple to make as it consists of lemon juice, water, white sugar, and water, served in clear glass.

19. Granita di Caffe

Granita di Caffe is another non-alcoholic Italian drink and beverage served in a tall, clear glass and a straw. It consists of brewed espresso, sugar, chocolate-covered espresso beans, and whipped cream.

20. Strawberry Italian Soda

Strawberry Italian Soda
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Strawberry Italian soda is one of the most popular non-alcoholic Italian drinks and beverages in the world.

It is known for being not only refreshing but also simple to make. Furthermore, it is made of strawberry syrup, sparkling water, whipped cream, and ice.

It is prepared by pouring the strawberry syrup into an ice-filled tall glass, adding sparkling water and whipped cream, and then stirring. It could be garnished with extra whipped cream, sprinkles, or berries.

When you visit Italy, go to an Italian restaurant, or have conversations about non-alcoholic Italian drinks and beverages, make sure you try these drinks and insert them into your discussion.

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