Momento crodino

In summer Rome can feel like an oven (though no reason not to visit of course), so a recipe for a nice refreshing and tasty Crodino cocktail seems the right thing to do.

For those who are not familiar with Crodino: it is a  non-alcoholic bitter from the Northern Piedmont area. The healthy mineral water from the Terme di Crodo forms the basis for this orange coloured drink. The specific taste of Crodino is extracted from a mixture of herbs to gentian, vanilla, cinnamon and fruit extracts of 12 different fruits including strawberry and lemon.

Although Crodino is also a deliciously refreshing drink on its own and can serve as a refreshment during the day, its primary use however is as an aperitif par excellence. It’s typically savoured as an aperitif while munching on chips and nuts, but can also be served on the rocks with a slice of orange. Let’s create our own momento Crodino.

What do we need?

  • a cold bottle of Prosecco
  • 2 or 3 bottles of Crodino
  • ice
  • mint

Well, you will probably understand what to do when you read the ingredients above. But, let’s be thorough: Pour half a bottle of Crodino into a glass, add a bit of ice and fill it up with Prosecco. Top it off with a bit of mint. Salute!

Crodino was created in Crodo, comune del Verbano Cusio-Ossola,  where it has been bottled since 1964.  In Italy, the golden fluid is particularly popular, in the rest of the world however you really have to look for the tiny 6 oz bottle. Crodino can be found in some supermarkets or in liquor stores.


In Italy Crodino is also well known for its television advertisements with the Crodino loving gorilla.