Don Ciccio & Figli Cerasum Aperitivo
Don Ciccio & Figli // Washington D.C., USA
Cerasum is based on a traditional Italian recipe from 1906, respecting the original product from the Don Ciccio & Figli distillery, which produced liqueurs on Italy’s Amalfi Coast for nearly a century. Today, this recipe is being resurrected stateside by fourth generation family owner Francesco Amodeo who opened the Washington, D.C. distillery in 2012. It is based on an infusion of three different kinds of cherries, sakura blossoms, and 10 selected herbs & roots.
Bitter LiqueursMuch 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.
"Mashed dark cherries and a slight herbal aromatic zip turns bitter and spine-tingling in the mouth, a big-shouldered throw-down that crosses categories among amaro, aperitivo and tonic. Cherried richness combined with a bitter herbs, bark and root punch also promises good things as post-meal stimulator, and bartenders will find plenty of usefulness as a modifier."