Distilleria Caffo Mezzodi Aperitivo 1L (Previously $19)

SKU #1271556 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Look for a deep poppy-red hue and grapefruit aroma in this liqueur. It's hard not to compare the lightly bitter flavor profile to the popular Campari, though this easy drinker is a little softer, lighter and sweeter, and has a light floral fade. The label is particularly fun, featuring a handsome Italian waiter offering an aperitivo on a tray. (KN)  (4/2016)

K&L Notes

From Caffo distillery in Calabria, on the toe of Italy just south of Naples, comes this delicious, inexpensive, Campari-like substitute, brimming with juicy Italian citrus and a nice level of bitterness. Less sweet than Aperol and lighter than Campari, you can use it in a spritz, Americano, or a Negroni quite effectively. Tonic water also adds an extra dose of bitter without overwhelming the cocktail. A welcome addition to any bar and a must for Italian amari hunters (and it comes in a liter!!!)

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Varietal:

Cordial

Country:

Italy

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