Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto Liqueur
About Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto Liqueur
A fresh, new, instantly iconic liqueur from Italy—and one of our most popular bottles. Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto Liqueur was selected as a recommended spirit to pair with Shaker & Spoon’s Puttin’ on the Spritz 2: Italian Affair Box.
Recommended by: Mia Mastroianni, Dario Doimo, and Valentino Longo
“It's no secret that I love a spritz, as well as a solid aperitivo hour, and Italicus aligns so perfectly with the Italian cocktail culture and lifestyle that I adore,” raves Mia. This spirit was specifically created using citrus and floral ingredients. Together, they achieve the perfect notes of bitterness balanced with delicate aromatics. More importantly, they make a wonderful addition to any home bar.
As Dario says, “Bright and zesty, Italicus is taking the cocktail world by storm with its unique flavor profile. It’s the perfect aperitivo!” There’s no finer way to enjoy la dolce vita.
“Italicus is a beautiful take on a classic rosolio, one of the oldest Italian aperitivos and one enjoyed by Italian royalty!” says Valentino. Italicus has beautiful aromas such as bergamot, lavender, elderflower. Definitely a sip of Italy!
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.
You can use Italicus in any number of drinks, just as you would any citrus liqueur. It also pairs very well with all manner of sparkling wines and sodas—even IPAs!
Gold - International Wine & Spirits Competition, 2017
Tasting Notes for Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto Liqueur
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.
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Revered Italian barman Giuseppe Gallo 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. Its an Italian aperitivo that is quite uncommon, especially in the US. However, Rosolio dates back to at least the 15th century, and was known in the 19th century as the “the drink of kings.” It is typically a liqueur derived from rose petals, though here bergamot brings citrus to the forefront.
Torino Distillati in Moncalieri, Italy produces Italicus. The Vergano family of craft distillers founded the distillery in 1906. They used a recipe for Rosolio liqueur dating back to the 1800s as the foundation for Italicus.
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.
750ml & 40 Proof
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- Karen K.Verified BuyerI recommend this productAge Range 55 - 64I'm More Into: Cocktails AND SippingMy Spirit of Choice (if forced to choose!) WhiskeyI Bought This For MyselfRated 5 out of 5 starsDelicious in Spritzers and Cocktails
The flavor is citrus with floral and herbal notes. It’s sweet, but not overly sweet. I found this recipe and enjoyed it:
.75 oz Italicus
.75 oz Gin
.75 oz. Lemon juice
Heaping barspoon strawberry jam
I did a dry shake first to break up the jam. Then a shake with ice. Double strain into a coup. I played with the measurements. I like a little more gin and a little less lemon juice than what’s in the recipe.Best ForRated 0.0 on a scale of minus 2 to 2
- Eric C.Verified BuyerI recommend this productAge Range 35 - 44I'm More Into: Cocktails AND SippingMy Spirit of Choice (if forced to choose!) WhiskeyI Bought This For MyselfRated 5 out of 5 starsyummy
Adds a nice bergamot flavor as expected. It's delightful in a variety of cocktails.Best ForRated -2.0 on a scale of minus 2 to 2
- Rachel T.Verified BuyerI recommend this productAge Range 25 - 34I'm More Into: CocktailsMy Spirit of Choice (if forced to choose!) Gin, Rum, VodkaI Bought This For MyselfRated 5 out of 5 starsRepeat Buyer!
Probably my all time favorite liqueur. A must have for Shaker and Spoon’s Puttin’ on the Spritz 2 which I ordered a 2nd box of and 2 more bottles of Italicus to have on hand. This is the #1 ingredient for my go-to cocktails!Best ForRated -2.0 on a scale of minus 2 to 2
- IsoldeI recommend this productAge Range 55 - 64I'm More Into: CocktailsI Bought This For MyselfRated 5 out of 5 starsOne of my very favorite liqueurs.
I fell in love with the flavor of bergamot a long time ago and fell in love with this liqueur. It tastes like citrus, an orange lemon type of flavor. A bit sweet but not too sweet. I enjoy mine just over ice. I find it to be delicious. An Italian liqueur.Best ForRated 0.0 on a scale of minus 2 to 2
- Rose J.Verified BuyerI recommend this productAge Range 55 - 64I'm More Into: CocktailsMy Spirit of Choice (if forced to choose!) GinI Bought This For MyselfRated 5 out of 5 starsNew Favorite
I love the fresh taste and floral aroma. It is a perfect liqueur with bubbly. I will always have a bottle on hand for a refreshing cocktail.Best ForRated -2.0 on a scale of minus 2 to 2
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