The second day of Christmas: Cheers to Tintoretto!

And no, for once, I’m not referring to art.  Cheers to Tintoretto the drink, not the painter!


As the holiday season begins its annual appearance, why not kick it off with a Tintoretto?!

A drink typical of Asolo, in the province of Treviso, the Tintoretto is perfect to make this time of year, as it relies on the tanginess of the seasonal pomegranate. Plus,it has the color of the Christmas season!  The fact that it is also Italian and named after the Venetian painter, Tintoretto, just gives me two more reasons to love it!

The drink is made with one part pomegranate juice to 2 parts prosecco.  You can add seltzer water to lighten it further, or skip the prosecco and mix just pomegranate juice with the seltzer.  Either way, it’s a refreshing and beautiful cocktail!  I like it with a few of the arils added as well.  But I am crazy for pomegranates.  I split and eat a whole one almost every evening this time of year.

Want more Italian?  Then practice your italiano by reading this from Wikipedia!

Il Tintoretto è una variante dei cocktail Bellini, Rossini e Mimosa. Viene preparato con il succo di melograno e prosecco.

Si serve in flûte e ha un sapore fresco e rinfrescante. Il nome rende omaggio al pittore veneziano Tintoretto.

Il cocktail è composto da 1/3 di succo di melograno e 2/3 di prosecco freddo, il periodo ideale per gustarlo sono i mesi di settembre e ottobre, quando appunto maturano i frutti. Il Tintoretto è tipico delle città di Asolo, in provincia di Treviso.


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