The history of the enormous variety of Italian spirits, such as Liqueurs, Grappa, Amari, and Aperitifs is deeply connected to the unique characteristics of the Italian territory and lifestyle and has undoubtedly been a major factor for their success internationally.
Italian Spirits – Top Quality Products
Although traditionally enjoyed as distillates and digestives, Italian spirits are also becoming remarkable trend changers in the mixology and bartending world.
They represent the culture, tradition, attitude, a splash of art, pleasure, and enjoyment that are connected to the Italian lifestyle. A new, creative way to connect with people, they will lead you through an exciting trip that explores the generations and experiences garnered by master distillers and liqueur makers.
A History of Italian Spirits
Italian liqueurs have a long and ancient tradition. Their production started from the infusion of aromatic plants and herbs that generated pharmacopeia.
The Greek physician Hippocrates, considered as the father of modern medicine, devoted a good part of his studies to herbs describing 400 medicinal plants.
The Roman physician Galen began to develop a classification of drugs based on medicinal plants.
In the middle ages, Monasteries devoted particular attention to the growing and harvesting of specific herbs and aromatic plants to be used in liqueurs for medicinal purposes.
“Italy has a wide variety of distinctive liqueurs”
Italian liqueurs’ popularity is often attributed to Catherine de Medici (13 April 1519 – 5 January 1589), who, along with her Court, brought the use of these liqueurs with her to France from her native Tuscany upon her marriage to Henry II in 1547.
Italy has a wide variety of distinctive liqueurs: a palpable quality, the result of the careful ingredient selection, strong passion, and centuries-old recipes, from North to South, Italian liqueurs tell a fascinating story.
On one hand, the botanicals remind us of the original purpose of these spirits. On the other hand, the sweet components are an integral and meaningful part of proprietary formulas handed down by generations.
Italy is known for its wine production but it also has a vast production of other alcoholic beverages which can be divided in the following macro-categories: