Comtesse d’Italia Cocktail for #ItalianFood Day

orange-pink Comtesee d'Italia cocktail on white background

It’s National #ItalianFood Day! And it’s Galentine’s (Valentine’s) Day! AND it’s the return of Robby’s cocktails!

I’m reasonably sure that if Bear & Bug Eats ever becomes famous, it’ll be because of the cocktails. For the rest of the #ItalianFood recipes, including Italian Wedding Soup (!) and Italian Cream Cake (!!), scroll down! Thanks to Ellen from Family Around the Table for putting this together!

Bottles of Aperol, vermouth, and orangecello on a counter

The Comtesse d’Italia is a fabulous first cocktail for someone who wants to look cool and sophisticated with a shaker in their hand, but doesn’t actually know what they’re doing. This is a very, very simple drink, as follows:

Put ice in a cocktail shaker. Add liquid. Shake. Pour.


This beautiful glowy orangey-pink cocktail is distantly related to the classic Negroni, which you can name drop while hosting your Galentine’s Day party / romantic Valentine’s dinner / excuse for cocktails. It also pays homage to Italy through use of Aperol and orangecello.

A Comtesse d'Italia cocktail in front of bottles of Aperol and vermouth and a cocktail shaker on a counterAperol is an Italian aperitif — that is, made to drink in small amounts to whet the appetite before dinner. Orangecello is also Italian, the sibling to the more famous limoncello. (Also, apparently it’s very easy to make your own orange- or limoncello? Someone please try this and report back ASAP.)

To dress this drink up, float an orange peel twist right in the glass. You can also chill your martini glasses beforehand for a pretty, impressive frost and a cocktail that stays colder longer.

Happy Valentine’s / Galentine’s Day! Don’t forget to check out the other amazing #ItalianFood recipes! And if you need a themed cocktail to go along with…well.

If you make this cocktail or any of the other recipes, comment and let me know how it came out!

orange-pink Comtesee d'Italia cocktail on white background

Credit to Robby Burroughs for this recipe!


Comtesse d’Italia Cocktail for National Italian Food Day

  • Author: Robby Burroughs


  • 2 ounces Aperol
  • 2 ounces dry vermouth
  • 1 ounce orangecello


  1. Shake all ingredients vigorously over ice for ten seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Serve!

The Burroughs

Katie and Robby Burroughs, writers, photographers, and curators of Bear and Bug Eats.

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  3. I’ve never seen Orangecello before, we would definitely love that here. Saluti!

    1. I didn’t know it was a thing either! It’s surprising, since limoncello is so crazy popular.

  4. Cindy's Recipes and Writings

    I love orange flavor. This goes on my must try list!

    1. Thanks! When you try it, let me know how it turns out!

  5. This sounds super tasty!

  6. Wooohoooooo . A new cocktail recipe! Cheers.

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