Apologue Persimmon Bittersweet Liqueur

Bitter Liqueurs

Apologue // Illinois, USA

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Apologue Persimmon Bittersweet Liqueur is made by a Chicago-based company which features regional ingredients from independent farmers. Aside from the persimmon, ingredients include hibiscus flower, bitter orange peel, orange peel, lemon peel, cinchona bark, gentian root, rhubarb root, ginger root, cinnamon, cardamom, and spearmint. It is sweetened with organic sugarcane.

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  • Bitter Liqueurs
    Much like amaro, bitter liqueurs are made from the maceration or distillation (or combination) of herbs, spices, roots, flowers, or other botanicals. Bitter liqueurs are often red or orange in color, although they needn’t be. Sugar is added before bottling. ABV varies widely.
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Tasting Notes

"With a vibrant garnet hue, this liqueur looks and smells a lot like a well-known bitter amaro with very similar coloration. On the palate, however, it sets itself apart. First, there is a wonderfully piquant spice note, a bite of gentian, and hints of bitter orange. While you can certainly pick out the honey-like flavor of persimmon, it's not the predominant note. Use this as a substitute for bitter orange liqueurs in cocktails in the Negroni family or as the base for a Spritz."

Score 89

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