Amaro della Sacra is comprised of leaves, flowers, seeds, roots, resins, spices, and barks; some typical of the territory of Piedmont such as gentianella and hops, others more “exotic”, including the vanilla of Madagascar, the green cardamom of the Indies, the myrrh of the Middle East, and the chinchona bark of South America. The amaro is created by macerating the ingredients in grain alcohol and aging until all elements are well incorporated. This cinnamon and clove forward amaro can be enjoyed after meals or mixed in cocktails.
Antica Torino is the brainchild and longtime passion project of Liguria-based wine & spirits huntsman, Vittorio Zoppi, and Umbrian winemaker Filippo Antonelli. Vito’s love for Italian spirits began as it does for many in Italy—as a child surrounded by the time-honored traditions and legacies of regional drinking culture. By sampling and studying a wide variety of vermouth and digestivi from around the world, Antica Torino has endeavored to create refined recipes inspired by the traditions of Torino and enlivened by the Piedmontese spirit. After formulating their flagship Rosso Vermouth, the team turned their attention to (re)creating an increasing collection of heritage spirits, using ingredients from both Piedmont and around the world, coupled with painstaking research and an abiding love for the drinking traditions of Italy.
First prepared by 13th century Italian monks as herbal medicines and elixirs, Liqueurs are distilled spirits that have been combined with flavoring agents. A range of herbs, spices, nuts, fruits and flowers can be used, and a sweetener such as sugar or corn syrup is often added. While typically rather sweet, some examples are herbaceous or tart and pair exceptionally well with desserts or act as a delightful addition to cocktails.