Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto
Italicus // Italy
Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto is a straw colored citrus liqueur. It was crafted by acclaimed barman and Italian spirits expert Giuseppe Gallo who adjusted the proportions and sweetness levels from a 19th century recipe for Rosolio. It begins with Calabrian bergamot oranges and Sicilian cedri which have gone through the sfumatura process -- a method of extracting essential oils from citrus fruit. This is then added to neutral grain alcohol. Other ingredients include lavender, roses, chamomile, melissa balm and gentian in addition to sugar.
Fruit LiqueursFruit(s) is the the dominant flavor for the liqueur. Often, but not always, the primary fruit flavor will be listed on the bottle. And sometimes the fruit will be listed in French. The base spirit is often neutral spirit, but other liquors such as brandy can be used. Sugar is added before bottling. ABV varies widely.
"Bright citrus opens on the nose, with just-expressed grapefruit peel, bergamot, Lemon Pledge, and floral potpourri. The palate is oily and zesty, with sugar-covered chewy orange and lemon gummy wedges, citrus simple syrup, lavender and rose, and just a touch of bitter. A liqueur begging for a well-made cocktail, the only issue is it veers syrupy sweet on the palate."