VECCHIO AMARO DEL CAPO
REGION: ITALY (CALABRIA)
This darling of the Italian drinks cabinet is a worthwhile alternative to the ubiquitous bottles of Montenegro found in most trattorias and punchier, too, at 35%. Italophiles will be reminded of Brio Chinotto with its honeyed notes of bitter orange, sasparilla and eucalyptus. A great digestif for roasts and other cool weather meals, but we skip the Calabrian tradition of serving from the freezer, preferring to savour the generous snootful of roots and herbs at room temperature. An original and unexpected hosting gift that’s sure to be welcomed.