Liqueurs and Cordials Sub Category: Nut-based Liqueurs
Amaretto: A sweet almond-flavored liqueur invented in Saronno Italy made with apricot kernels; though the flavor can also come from almonds. Amaretto can be served on its own over ice for a delicious dessert drink. It is also the main component of a few classic cocktails such as the Godfather, Godmother, and the Amaretto Sour
Nocino: A dark brown liqueur from the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy. It is made from unripe green walnuts and has an aromatic bittersweet flavor. The walnuts and the liquor are handled using ceramic or wooden tools (to avoid oxidation) and placed in an alcoholic base. After steeping in spirit, the walnuts are removed, and the alcohol is mixed with simple syrup.
Nocino is often made at home at with different alcohol content but the commercially available ones are typically 40 percent alcohol by volume.
Nocino is traditionally sipped as a digestif on its own after a meal. But with the rise in popularity of Italian liqueurs, more bartenders are mixing it into modern concoctions.