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Bombardino: What is it and how do I make the best Bombardino?

Christmas and alcoholic beverages really do go hand-in-hand for many of us. If you’re reading this then perhaps you’re looking for new ways to spice up your festivities this year. What better way to do so than growing your knowledge of Christmas cocktails and what better place to begin than Bombardino.

What is Bombardino?

Before we get on to the recipe we thought it’d be best to give you a little background on Bombardino. Bombardino is a miniature Italian eggnog cocktail. Often Bombardino is enjoyed traditionally on ski resorts across the Alps. drank as the perfect winter warmer. Unlike most cocktails, Bombardino is usually served warm, making it an ideal beverage when getting toasty and winding down after a day on the slopes.

It’s said that this festive beverage was invented in Italy, after an ex-solider opened a ski resort in Lombardia, a region in the north of Italy. In the midst of a shocking spell of weather, four skiers took shelter in the lodge. When asked what they’d like to drink, the skiers vaguely requested something to warm them up. So, the lodge owner mixed warm egg liqueur with brandy and served it to his chilly guests.

After tasting the drink, one of the skiers shouted:

“Accidenti! È una bomba!”

Translating in English to “Damn, it’s the bomb!” – coining the cocktail’s name, Bombardino.

The drink was invented in a Ski lodge by an ex-soldier.

Ingredients (per serving)

The size of your measurements is up to you, but we’d suggest keeping it small as Bombardino is traditionally served in espresso glasses. Irish coffee mugs also make a fine and slightly larger alternative when serving.

  • 1 measurement of Brandy.
  • 2 measurements of Egg Liqueur (VOV works well, providing an authentic Italian flavour).
  • Whipped Cream to top.
  • Ground Cinnamon to taste.


  1. Heat your egg liqueur but be careful not to let it boil (as that would cook off some of the alcohol).
  2. Pour the warm egg liqueur in to a glass.
  3. Add the brandy of your choosing and stir well.
  4. Next, top this winter warmer with whipped cream.
  5. Finally, sprinkle over some ground cinnamon and enjoy!

Incase you don’t fancy making your own Bombarino this Christmas then this Italian gem is being sold at Bar Hutte in Manchester over the festive period. If you’d like to learn more about Christmas cocktails or what we do at Club Vino then please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!

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