The Made in Italy DIY (Drink-It-Yourself) Bar

Let’s make the most of the last chillier nights of the year by setting up a vino bar at home. Bring out the bottle opener and experiment with your cocktail shaker in a homemade innovative take on your typical enoteca. Every week we’ve been putting the glazed cherry on top of our work-from-home days with the Drink-It-Yourself blogs. So let’s start mixing and pairing, andiamo!

Vino Rosso

Italy is the world’s largest producer of wine, and it is home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world. Some favourite Italian wines are Sangiovese, Nero d’Avola and Primitivo. 

History of Vino Rosso

Wine traces back to 4000-3000BC in Mesopotamia, and the art was later brought to Southern Italy and Sicily by the Greeks. The Romans grew to really appreciate wine, drinking it with every meal and curating taste. They were the first to realise that aged wine tasted better, finding that wines aged between 10 and 25 years were best. The Romans also introduced wooden barrels for storage and class bottles with corks. In modern day, the Italian government has begun to regulate quality and tradition on Italian wines through labeling obtained only by passing rigorous production testing.

The New York Sour Twist

Try this whiskey and Nero d’Avola cocktail for a full bodied drinking experience. It’s a little step up in complexity from our previous stirrers, so take the opportunity to see how your mixing skills have grown!


  • 2 ounces Bulleit Rye Whiskey
  • 1/4 ounce orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce Nero d’Avola
  • Brandied cherry, for garnish


  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine first four ingredients.
  • Shake well, and strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
  • Gently pour Nero d’Avola over back side of spoon to float atop drink.
  • Garnish with brandied cherry.

Made in Italy Meal Pairing

Dine and wine with us at our Alexandria Annandale or Pyrmont (fully licensed)  locations, or come for a wine cocktail with Made in Italy pizza delivered to your table at the Next Door Bar in Wynyard.

Try our Sensei Chianti Collezione with light grilled vegetables on our Vegariana, or if you prefer a lighter take, with our Rughetta salad. On the other hand, our Nero d’Avola matches rich, meaty dishes. Drink it with our Mamma Mia pasta that highlights the Italian sausage, or go all out with the Meat Lovers pizza.

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Grazie for reading and as always buon appetito!

Nonna Vittoria👵

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