Remaining faithful to the historic origins of Rosolio, the original Italian aperitivo once enjoyed by the King of Savoy, Italicus has been in development for almost a year and is masterfully created using a recipe which dates back to the late 1800s. So popular was Rosolio in the 19th Century that each of Italy's regions had their own distinctive variations - enjoyed as the aperitivo of the people.
Championing the humble bergamot fruit, Italicus is produced at a family-owned distillery established in 1906 in Moncalieri, Torino. Bergamot from the UNESCO-protected area in the Calabrian region and cedro from Sicilia are infused in cold water to release their essential oils, in a time honoured process called Sfumatura, before being blended with Italian neutral grain spirit.
A delicate combination of Roman chamomile from Lazio, lavender, gentian, yellow roses and melissa balm from Northern Italy are then macerated together for several days before being married with the bergamot and cedro essential oils to create the final liquid.