What are bittersweet liqueurs?

Bittersweet liqueurs are the liquid representation of their ingredients, originally used to aid in digestion and fortify the mind, body and spirit. The world “liqueur” derives from a Latin phrase meaning “to liquify”. Simply, a liqueur is the liquification of its ingredients through maceration or infusion in alcohol.

What is an aperitivo?

An aperitivo is a traditional Italian liqueur, typically drank before dinner to open the stomach and prepare our systems for accepting an incoming meal. Constructed with barks roots, herbs and spices, aperitivi typically contain 15-20 different ingredients with a prominent application of citrus. They range between 11-25% ABV.

What is an amaro?

Amaro means “bitter” in Italian. It was traditionally produced as a medicinal remedy and digestive aid to treat aches and pains, while helping to fight off malaria. The bitterness in amari comes from a foundation of various barks and roots with high levels of quinine. Lighter herbs and spices are layered into the blend to create a tea-like structure with a remedial intention.

What is a cordial?

A cordial is another digestive aid originally taken in small amounts to strengthen the mind, body and spirit. Cordials are sweet liqueurs that have an average of 1 to 3 ingredients that are fruit or vegetable based.

When is it best to drink an aperitivo?

It is best to drink an aperitivo before a large meal to prepare the gastrointestinal system to receive the various properties of the food about to be eaten. Italians say to “use the sunset as your guide,” while you consume your rosie-reddish aperitivo.

When is best to drink an amaro?

Amari are best consumed after an evening meal to assist in digestion and to settle the stomach.

What is the difference between amaro and amari?

Quite simply, amari is the plural of amaro.

What is the difference between aperitivo and aperitivi?

Like with amari, it is correct to use aperitivi when referring to the plural.

How are the bitter liqueurs and cordials made?

Amari, aperitivi and cordials are made by macerating (room temperature) or infusing (applying heat) in a high proof alcohol. The alcohol will extract the flavors, essential oils, colors, chemical compounds and medicinal properties of the applied ingredients. This concentrated alcohol is then blended with water and sugar to bring the proof of the alcohol down.

At what temperature should I serve the liqueres?

Amari are best served at room temperature, while aperitivi and cordials are best represented with a small amount of ice or refrigeration.

How should I store the liqueres?

Amari and aperitivi are very shelf stable at room temperature, while the fresh fruit and vegetable cordials maintain their brightness in the refrigerator. Don’t be afraid to leave your cordials on the bar, if they are away from direct sunlight.

What does Don Ciccio & Figli mean?

“Don Ciccio Amodeo” is the gentleman who operated our original family distillery most recently on the Amalfi Coast in the town of Fuore. He is the grandfather to our president and Founder, Francesco Amodeo. “Figli” means “Sons” in Italian, hence, Don Ciccio & Sons.

When did you start producing in the USA?

Francesco Amodeo began producing liqueurs in Washington D.C. in October of 2012.

Where can I buy Don Ciccio & Figli liqueurs?

See Find Us.

Can I order Don Ciccio & Figli online?

Various retailers have access to shipments within the US. Please call ahead to a retailer near you, which can be found on our Find Us page.

Do I need to make reservations for the bar or tasting room?

No reservations are required for either. At this stage, we do not take reservations for the bar.