This non-alcoholic aperitif was created in 1964 in the northern Italian town of Crodo. The flavour comes from a secret blend of spices such as cardamom, cloves and nutmeg steamed with orange oil and bitter orange peels into a distilled essence. The mixture is aged in oak barrels for six months before spring water, sugar and carbonation are added to make the final beverage.
The company was purchased by Campari in 1995, though the drink is still made in its original location in Crodo using the same water from the Liesel spring.
HOW TO ENJOY? It comes in bottles which you can simply serve on the rocks or with a good splash of soda. Add a slice of orange and a large green olive and you’ve got yourself a sophisticated aperitivo. And it’s only 61 calories a bottle.