Burrone Aperitivo

Burrone Aperitivo is a bittersweet herbal liqueur distilled from a base of Montana grains and flavored with a unique botanical blend of citrus, rosehip, thyme, hibiscus, and spices. Its light, zesty, playful, and luscious character position Burrone Aperitivo as an ideal, appetizing dram before supper.

We created Burrone Aperitivo as the counterpoint to Burrone Fernet. Where our Fernet is earthy, grounding, herbal, and stimulating to the digestion, our Aperitivo is bright, zesty, luscious, and stimulating to the appetite. An Aperitivo is an Old-World spirit intended for cocktail hour, before a meal, to prime the appetite. Burrone Aperitivo is a bittersweet liqueur, which we developed over 4 years of trial-and-error. It is a very botanical, slightly bitter, flavorful liqueur. When compared to its cousins Campari and Aperol, you might consider it quite delicate–it lacks the bold intensity, body, and bitterness of Campari.

Burrone Aperitivo has a very “juicy,” fruity quality. But with the exception of citrus peel, there is actually no fruit used in this spirit. Rather, the fruitiness comes from hibiscus, rosehip, juniper berries, lemon peel, orange peel, and bitter orange peel. The bitterness is primarily from gentian root. Its herbaceousness and aromatics come from thyme, cinnamon, cardamom, and coriander. Part of the playful character of Burrone Aperitivo is its tendency to tingle the tongue–this is a feature of Szechuan peppercorns.

We recommend enjoying this on its own, neat or chilled. It is delicious with orange juice (like in the Frozen Garibaldi) and makes a delightful substitute for gin in a Gin and Tonic (Aperitivo and Tonic). It is also classically enjoyed with bubbles in a Spritz–Jill at the Hawthorn has several bottles of bubbles identified as ideal pairings for it. It doesn’t quite stand up in Negroni if it is the sole amaro, but if split with Campari it gives a Negroni an aromatic, botanical, and enjoyable kick (try 1oz gin, 1oz sweet vermouth, ½ oz Aperitivo, ½ oz Campari).