Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto Liqueur
About Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto Liqueur
750ml & 40 Proof
A fresh new, instantly iconic liqueur from Italy. And one of our most popular bottles.
Italicus is made from Bergamot oranges. It offers heady floral aromas along with an herbal and delicately bitter taste, for a deliciously layered and enjoyable experience. And it adds a dash of Amalfi Coast elegance to the home bar.
Italicus can be used in any number of drinks, just as you would any citrus liqueur, and it pairs very well with all manner of sparkling wines and sodas -- even IPAs!
Gold - International Wine & Spirits Competition, 2017
Lightly citrus on the nose with hints of rose and lavender. On the palate, fresh tones of ripe citrus fruits are balanced with a light bitter and floral spice before giving way to a complex and long lasting finish.
- A Negroni Bianco has equal parts Italicus, dry gin, and dry vermouth
- Mix with a good quality tequila (Fortaleza is recommended!) and Chartreuse to create the Poison Ivy Dendrite, an original cocktail created by Greg, host of YouTube's How to Drink.
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Giuseppe Gallo, the revered Italian barman, may just be one of the driving forces behind the worldwide popularization of amari, aperitivos, vermouths, and other Italian hallmarks of cocktail culture.
And now he's given us Italicus.
In creating this distinctive spirit, he challenged himself to revive a nearly-forgotten style of liqueur, called Rosolio, an Italian aperitivo that is quite uncommon, especially in the US. Rosolio dates back to at least the 15th Century, and was known in the 19th Century as the "the drink of kings." It is a typically a liqueur derived from rose petals, though here Bergamot brings citrus to the forefront.
Italicus is produced at Torino Distillati in Moncalieri, founded in 1906 and led by the Vergnano family of craft distillers. Its is based on a recipe for Rosolio liqueur dating back to the 1800s.
Here Silician citrons and Calabrian bergamot oranges from a protected area of origin (IGP), are gently pressed in cold water. This is a process called sfumatura, which releases their essential oils, though it is rarely practiced in modern day distillation as the botanicals macerate for up to 10 days, an unusual length of time. Today most distilleries shortcut this process, but the founders of Italicus adhere to the
Rosolio's traditional production methods, to ensure a best-quality product.
The mixture is then fortified with natural beet sugar, Italian neutral grain spirit and pure water.
Please drink responsibly. CA Residents: Proposition 65 Warning.
- Steve M.Verified BuyerI recommend this productRated 5 stars3 months agoMy Favorite Liqueur!
This is, by far, my favorite liqueur! It’s great with Prosecco, but I like to mix it with some lemon juice and a little vodka and sip over ice. I love that it’s sweet without being overly sweet, but it’s not challenging to drink!
Goes great in a Tom Collins as well!
Overall a perfectly light, floral, citrus sweetness and should be the star of many many cocktails!Was this helpful?
- EdI recommend this productRated 5 stars6 months agoDelicious sip with friends
I bought this as a gift for my favorite Italian guy. He’d never heard of it nor me, but we both enjoyed it greatly. Really smooth and bright flavors. We didn’t have Prosecco on hand but will definitely be trying this soon.Was this helpful?
- PaulaI recommend this productRated 5 stars8 months agoDelicate and Mysterious
This has a delicate taste and a great bottle. Not sure how I will use it, but will start with a simple Spritz with Prosecco. I think it would also be great for sipping over ice.Was this helpful?
- Joe K.I recommend this productRated 5 stars1 year agoYum!
I also ordered this because of the bottle and flavoring. I have only tried it as a Negroni Blanco
1 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth
1 oz Italicus
1 oz Blue Coat
Garnish with a Lemon (or lime)
Stirred with Ice for dilution
Served in a double old fashioned with a large cube
Perfect for an end-of-day drink. Especially now that the weather is hot!Was this helpful?
- Taylor M.I recommend this productRated 5 stars1 year agoSleeper hit!
Tbh, I ordered this because it had a cool bottle and I've been on a citrus hit recently. When I got it, the bottle was much more beautiful in person! But, what was inside the bottle was so much more amazing than expected.
It's an intense citrus flavor that's uncommon to the American palate, sweet with a light floral finish.
I enjoy it as an after dinner digestif over ice per the serving recommendations on the back of the bottle, I haven't tried it with prosecco like it also recommends but I imagine the flavor would work wonderfully.
I'm absolutely going to be ordering this again!Was this helpful?