Italicus Bergamot Liqueur
Staff Pick

Italicus Bergamot Liqueur

Item # 37085 750mL
$44.96/ Single Bottle
$269.76/ Case of 6
ABV
20.00%
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Tasting Notes

The revival of this long lost Italian liqueur is one of the more anticipated releases in years. In the mid-nineteenth century Italicus was known as the, "drink of kings," and its popularity preceded it. The current version is based on the original 1850s recipe with a core of Italian Bergamot that is complemented with a variety of additional hand selected native Italian botanicals. Notes of tonic, herbs and bright citrus are abundant. This is an all purpose liqueur that will shine especially well in your long drinks and apéritifs.


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Staff Pick Notes

There are a lot of good reasons to keep a bottle of Italicus on your bar. You can swap it in for pretty much any citrus liqueur (triple sec, Cointreau, etc) and instantly elevate a classic cocktail like a Sidecar, Gin Sour or Mezcal Margarita with the complex, aromatic, lightly bitter edge that rose and bergamot bring to the classics. You can play around with cooler flavors like black tea for that Earl Grey connection. It makes a damn good spritz just topping off a glass of sparkling wine (or an IPA!). But what made me a convert was making a white Negroni. I went equal parts NYDC Dorothy Parker gin (for its more floral botanicals), C. Comoz blanc vermouth, and Italicus, hit it with a dash of Yuzu bitters, and sat on my stoop on a 95° day sipping it over an ice cube the size of my fist. There wasn't a thing missing in the world.

- JON

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