Averna is an authentic Italian after-dinner liqueur, known as amaro or digestivo (bitter or digestif) in Italy, created according to a closely guarded secret recipe originating in the Benedictine abbey of Caltanissetta, Sicily in 1868.
The link between the territory and the drink is clear. The deep brown, red-golden tint of Averna evokes memories of the warm Sicilian atmosphere. The citrus tones that come through are reminiscent of Sicily’s famous oranges and lemons and even the label, with its ochre hue, is carefully selected to replicate that of the sandstone typical of the Caltanissetta region.
A century old recipe guards the secrets of Amaro Montenegro and produces a tonic liqueur that has been enjoyed regularly throughout this time. Ingredients are individually selected for their quality and only the highest quality herbs made it into the final recipe. Distinctive and immediately recognisable, Amaro Montenegro beings with syrupy sweetness and then notes of mild bitters and botanical essences begin to take over, leading to a citrusy end note.
Amer picon is a sweet orange-based liqueur which is usually served as an aperitif or mixed with wine, which may sound a little strange but you’ve got to try it to find out. Amer picon has bittersweet notes and includes quinine, gentian and cinchona in addition to the citrus flavours. Amer picon is most regularly found in cocktails, including wheat beer cocktails and simply blended with soft drink/mixer/mixers. The sweetness of the orange has a bitter edge provided by the botanicals.
It Start’s with Aperol Spritz: The traditional Italian ice-breaker. It’s light, the refreshing bittersweet taste has been starting conversations since 1919. So, celebrate the spirit of Italy and raise a glass to whatever the evening brings. Mix Aperol with Prosecco & Soda.
The Black Cow team in West Dorset has made its very own vodka-based Negroni and bottled it up so that you can enjoy its deliciousness in the comfort of your own home! Featuring a base of Black Cow Vodka (which is made with milk from the cows of West Dorset), alongside vermouth, Campari, and a blend of bitters, this pre-bottled cocktail is marvellous indeed. Pour over ice, garnish with a good wedge of fresh orange, and enjoy while watching a moo-vie.
Campari is a contemporary and charismatic classic drink. The recipe, which has remained unchanged, originated in Novara in 1860 and is the base for some of the most famous cocktails around the world, such as Negroni and Americano. Campari is an alcoholic spirit obtained from the infusion of bitter herbs, aromatic plants and fruit and water. With its vibrant red hue, intense aroma and inspiring flavour, Campari has always been a symbol of intrigue and pleasure, which unfurls itself into a captivating drinking experience. These values have made the Campari brand famous throughout the world as an icon of passionate Italian style and excellence.
Not out of place in a James Bond movie, Cocchi americano is an aperitif with style, substance and more than a little spice. The boldness of its orange flavour is matched note for note by the quinine bitterness that makes it a popular and distinctive aperitif. Cloves and cinnamon can be tasted through the orange and a strong woody end note leaves an enjoyable aftertaste, leaving a satisfying bitterness in the mouth.
Cocchi Americano Rosa is a blend of two aromatic grape varieties, brachetto and malvasia, herbs, fruits and spices. These include gentian, cinchona, ginger and rose petals. Enjoy with tonic or soda and grapefruit zest, or in sparkling wine.
Cocchi Vermouth di Torino is classic Italian vermouth which is made to a 100-year-old family recipe and delivers on every count from flavour to aroma to mixing quality. Warm notes of red fruit and orange come through and deliver a versatility which ensures this is Vermouth you can both enjoy and share. The palate is cherry rich with menthol coolness and is has a full-bodied character coming to a rounded finish which is refreshing and beautifully blended.
A historic vermouth brand, Dolin has been made to the same recipe in the alpine hills around Chambéry since 1821 and was awarded the only appellation origin for vermouth in 1932. The Chambéry style flourished in the 19th and early 20th century, but Dolin is now the last remaining producer of Vermouth de Chambéry.
Rich and inviting from first opening Dolin Chambery rouge teams fresh grassy notes with deeper spices. Offering a complex palate of both fresh citrus flavours and the tempering influence of cinnamon and Szechuan pepper. Sweetness is the overriding flavour of this drink but there is a subtle spiciness which adds more to the overall flavour. Whether mixed into a traditional cocktail or enjoyed on ice, Dolin Chambery rouge exudes class and refinery.
Dolin has been made to the same recipe in the Alpine hills around Chambéry since 1821 and was awarded the only Appellation d’Origine for vermouth in 1932. The style is on the lighter and drier side, being sugared to around 130g/l.
The González Byas white Vermouth is a delicious combination of dry Fino Shery with a salty character and a selection of classic botanicals, inspired by an original recipedatingbackto1896, then called“FrenchVermouth”.
Clean, elegant and intense. You will find concentrated citrus aromas, perfectly blended with the delicious, bitter touches of wormwood and savoury. Cinnamon, nutmeg and the high residual sugar balance out the bitterness.
La Copa brand was one of the first to be registered by Gonzalez Byass dating back to 1884. The production follows the original recipe from 1906 and the packaging is a replica of the original label. Intense spiced aroma, notes of clove and cinnamon stand out, with an elegant bitterness on the finish. On the palate, it is smooth and elegant. There can be no doubt as to its origins in Jerez.
The holy island of Lindisfarne brings us more than religious piety, Lindisfarne Mead is a classic, traditional drink which is enjoyed in households around the country. Using honey which is sourced from around the world Lindisfarne Mead is a velvety smooth fortified wine which uses the natural water from an artesian well to develop its flavour. Herbs and fermented grape juice bring out the flavour and altogether a sweet, light flavour is created.
Martini Riserva speciale Ambrato is a Vermouth di Torino that uses wines from Moscato d'Asti and three types of wormwood– absinthium, Pontica and Vulgaris. It is named after the colour – Ambrato is Italian for amber.
The daddy of dry vermouths. Fino sherry style dryness with cloves and cardamom followed by squishy white supermarket grapes. The finish retains the spiciness with dry floral notes of bitter pear and apple.
Can you imagine lazing on a summer’s afternoon without your Pimm's in hand? We think not so let’s raise a toast to Pimm's no 1 the classic English summer drink. Traditionally served 3:1 with freshly made lemonade, cucumber, mint and strawberries, Pimm's has a rich and fruity taste which simply screams summer. English through and through Pimm's, no 1 was invented in the city of London and spicy undertones lift them natural fruitiness even further.
Point and a half to the Italians! stewed summer fruits with vanilla pods and manuka honey and burnt lemons. Fat plum and bitter raspberry finish with a slightly tannic feel. Crying out for gin and sweet vermouth!
Rinquinquin à la pêche is made using three different types of peach - Cardinale, coronet and June gold. As if this wasn't enough peach for you, they also used the leaves from peach trees, harvests just before autumn. The leaves and peaches are all macerated separately in alcohol and white wine. Afterwards, the liquid is added to the white wine, while the solids leftover is distilled and added to the mix. Perfect for a summer aperitif, rinquinquin à la pêche goes well with tonic water or served long and over ice. The terms rinquinquin was originally a generic word. In the Provencal language, it means invigorating drink (from the verb requinquilhar: to cheer up).