Spirits Sub Category: Grappa

Grappa: A fragrant and potent, grape-based pomace brandy of Italian origin that contains 35 to 60 percent alcohol by volume. The flavor of grappa, like that of wine, depends on the type and quality of grapes used, as well as the type of distillation process being used. Grappa is made by distilling the pomace (a blend of grape seeds, stalks, and stems) leftover from the wine-making process and is the perfect example of a zero-waste product.

Grappa is excellent served on its own in small glasses of about one to two ounces as an after-dinner drink (Digestivo). It is sometimes mixed with a steaming shot of espresso to create caffè corretto, or "corrected coffee."

It is not uncommon in Italy to pour a few drops of the powerful liquor into your cup of finished espresso, swirl it around to rinse, and drink.