A very strong cocktail culture exists here but very different than the US. The small batch distilleries we have popping up everywhere, the experimentaion of new flavors and products, the unusual combinations, is not anything I am seeing here. The classic and traditional spirits, especially of course Vermouth (invented in Torino)and Amaros, line very shelf.
I have happily gone the route of embracing the stalwarts of Italian cocktails, and pictured here are some of these endeavours. Beautiful and tasty all!