St. George Bruto Americano
St. George // California, USA
Bruto Americano is made by St. George Spirits in Alameda, California. Like many bitter liqueurs, the list of ingredients is a closely held secret, but is made from a variety of different herbs, roots, and other botanicals. Disclosed ingredients include: California-grown gentian root, Seville orange, balsam fir, and cascara sagrada (bark from California buckthorn). Cochineal bugs, a natural and historic method of dying materials, are used to color the liqueur prior to bottling. The name, Bruto Americano means "ugly American"--a tongue-in-cheek reference to the fact that an American is creating an Italian aperitivo.
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.