You’re out for a special night with friends or family. Shouldn’t your drinks be special too? At North Italia, the “North Secret Cocktail” is the best-kept secret behind the bar. Specifically, the North Secret Cocktail is an extra-special off-menu creation. And it’s so secret that it changes every week.
What’s special about the North Secret Cocktail? We love that it usually features some fresh, seasonal ingredient. Plus, there’s always a fun and unexpected twist.
North Secret Cocktails of Note
North Secret Cocktails cover a wide range of flavors and combinations.
For example, Giaco’s Italian Shandy contains traditional Italian bitter Campari and sweet Solerno, a blood orange liqueur from Sicily. An ice-cold Peroni finishes off the combination.
Next, the Little Hot, Little Dirty Martini features vodka, lime juice, Calabrian chile paste, and Castelvetrano olive juice.
Third, Nero’s Fiddle & Glass is a fiery twist on a New York Sour featuring Irish whiskey and a float of soft red wine.
Last but not least, the Dolce & Piccante is a tart and tangy martini combining tinkerbell pepper, grapefruit and lemon juice.
Of course, you won’t necessarily get these specific drinks. But you will get something that’s seasonal, interesting, and tasty.
Stumping the Waiter
We recently had a chance to try the North Secret Cocktail trick at North Italia with friends. Unfortunately, it was such a good secret that the server didn’t even know what it was. Nevertheless, he returned after a chat with the bartender and gave us several options. That night’s offerings included a Greyhound with grapefruit and oregano, a plum martini, and a martini with piquillo pepper.
In the end, we all got a chuckle out of ordering something the waiter hadn’t even known about. And the cocktails were the perfect start to a great evening with friends.
Looking for a North Italia near you? There are locations across Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, and Texas.
Blogger disclosure: North Italia offered our group complementary food and beverages for the evening. I did not receive compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.