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Image of Aperol 15 ReviewsAperol
Was £14.26 - Now £12.00
There's no doubt about it, Aperol is huge in Italy, with style bars, restaurants and hotels serving Aperol Spritz to young and old, male and female, enjoying the cooling, sparkling drink, garnished with a slice of orange and served in a healthy sized wine glass over ice. The question is. Will it catch with the UK's inclement weather and iffy summers. We'lll wait and see. To make an Aperol Spritz (their signature serve), place ice in the wine glass, add 2 parts Aperol, 3 parts Prosecco and add the orange slice. Delicious! It's unique flavour and colour is achieved through thier subtle blend of bitter orange, gentian, rhubarb and an array of herbs and roots - an unchanged secret recipe since 1919. Aperol was launched by the Barbieri company, based in Padua, in 1919 on the occasion of the Padua Exhibition - introducing the revolutionary idea of an aperitif with an alcohol content of only 11%. After the second world war, it really took off, becoming a major success in Italian homes and bars. In the early nineties, the Barbieri company was acquired by Barbero and Aperol has developed even further. Today it is enjoyed by over 3.4 million Italians!
70cl Bottle £ 12.00
 
available 13th Jun 2015
Image of Cocchi - Americano Cocchi - Americano
Americano Cocchi is a true intermediary between wine and spirits as it is a wine with a small addition of alcohol bittered by an infusion of valuable spices and herbs. "It is called Americano (American) not only due to such new features but also because the habit of drinking Vermouths mixed with bitter spirits and gin - thus creating a drink called cocktail - was spreading from the United States." The original recipe of the Americano Cocchi played a role in the history of Asti throughout the nineteenth century and is now considered the aperitif par excellence by the citizens of Asti. The genuine Americano aperitif, it has been in production since 1891. It is based on an all-natural recipe containing white wine, sugar, alcohol-infused herbs and spices, especially Artemisia flowers, gentian roots and peels of bitter orange. No artificial colours/additives are admitted. It is made by spicing small batches of wine left to age one year minimum. The classic Americano - the only choice for "purists"- is to be served in a tumbler glass with ice cubes and a slice of orange. A splash of soda water is mandatory to release a typical array of aromas and flavours. Also the Royale version is very much sought after: pour it in a goblet, then add some dry sparkling wine made by the Classic method - better if Alta Langa DOC. For a low alcohol content version, just add fizzy water and crumbled ice. You'll get a refreshing drink. Even much diluted, the Americano keeps its natural bittering features unchanged.
75cl Bottle £ 19.51
 
Image of Cocchi - Barolo Chinato Cocchi - Barolo Chinato
Born in Piedmont last century, it soon spread throughout Italy due to its well-balanced bittersweet taste and, above all, to the great reputation of the 'Barolo' name which immediately differentiated it from the other alcoholic beverages containing China Calissaja barks. The inventor of a genuine recipe, Giulio Cocchi was also the champion of the Barolo Chinato spreading. In the 19th century Barolo Chinato became popular as a wine used for medicinal purposes. As a matter of fact, in Piedmont it was a traditional antidote for several minor diseases, especially cold diseases. As mulled wine (vin brule) having warming and invigorating qualities, it was praised for its fever-reducing and digestives properties. Thus presenting mulled wine became a habit and a hearty way to welcome guests in country villages in winter time. Today, while revisiting the traditions and attempting to recover a more natural style of living, new interesting ways of drinking this spiced wine are emerging. Wine Making Barolo Chinato is a special wine produced with Barolo DOCG (Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin), spiced with China Calissaja barks, gentian and rhubarb roots, and valuable cardamon seeds - the active principles are extracted through a slow maceration process at room temperature, then refinement occurs in casks for nearly one year. Tasting Notes Balanced and harmonious scent, appealing taste, pleasant aromatic persistence. Matching Perfect to serve with many of your favourite dishes. In chic restaurants it is often presented at room temperature as a stylish after meal or steam heated with an orange twist. And surprisingly, Barolo Chinato has been discovered as an 'ideal complement' to balance the long-lasting mouth feel of high cocoa percentage candies. Andrea Slitti, the winner of Grand Prix de Chocolaterie held in Paris in 1994 and golden medal at Berlin Chocolate Olympics in September 1996, created a special home-made top quality praline with Barolo Chinato for Giulio Cocchi's distribution. Presented at wine tastings, these pralines do confirm the success of a wonderful union!. Serving Temperature 16-18deg
50cl Bottle £ 33.14
 
Image of Cynar 2 ReviewsCynar
A refreshing amaro or bitter. Made from artichoke leaves harvested in Italy's Po valley. Ranking amongst the top one hundred spirit brands in the world, Cynar, an artichoke based liquor, is a versatile and social drink. A spirit low in alcohol, Cynar can be enjoyed straight or as a long drink with soda, cola or tonic.
70cl Bottle £ 13.94
 
Image of Nardini - Bitter Nardini - Bitter
'Bitter' is a traditional 'red' aperitivo in the bitter-sweet style made famous by 'Campari', yet with its own distinctive character. Rather less sharp, but with a green/herbaceous flavour, Nardini's special recipe features an exotic blend of botanicals, amongst them: bitter orange, sweet orange, chinese rhubarb root; gentian and roman absinthe. Positioned very much as a premium alternative, Bitter is best enjoyed with ice and soda or fresh orange juice or as one half (with Rabarbaro) of the stunning 'Mezzo Mezzo Inglese' cocktail. The red colourant in Bitter is Ponceau 4R, not cochineal, making it suitable for both vegan and kosher diets.
1 Litre Bottle £ 33.61
 
Image of Nardini - Rosso Liqueur Nardini - Rosso Liqueur
Softer, richer and sweeter than 'Bitter',Rosso shares the same citric qualities, but replaces the natural sharpness of roman absinthe and bitter orange, with the additional ingredients of quinine and natural vanilla. Rosso is extremely accessible as a pre-prandial aperitivo, especially amongst those who find traditional bitter-sweet varieties too intense on the palate. It can be mixed 50-50 with 'Rabarbaro' to make the famous 'Mezzo-Mezzo' cocktail.
1 Litre Bottle £ 33.61