Introducing a new series, Distillerista Spirit Reviews! All spirits featured in this series are products I’ve personally purchased to try unless stated otherwise.
Product: Aperitivo Liqueur
Distillery: Leopold Brothers of Denver, CO
Category: Italian style Bitter Liqueurs
ABV: 24% or 48 proof
Tasting notes: Plenty of the traditional bitter goodness you expect but softer and more pleasant than Italian favorites Campari or Aperol. Complex and balanced thanks to bright citrus flavor and pleasing floral qualities. Full of flavor and absolutely gorgeous color.
Ideal cocktail pairings: An American Negroni with Leopold Brothers Navy Strength Gin is an obvious choice. I’m also loving it in Boulevardiers at night and Spritzes by day. Try it splashed into my famous gin punch for something unexpected.
Similar products: St. George Spirits has recently released their version of this addictively bitter spirit, Bruto Americano. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet but let’s be honest, when has St.George ever f’ed anything up? Definitely worth checking out.
Final thoughts: A stellar American version of a beloved Italian product. I’m definitely keeping this one in heavy rotation, as evidenced by the half empty bottle above.
3 min read: A Guide to Italian Bitter Aperitivo Liqueurs, Punch.