The Liquore delle Sirene products are a group of naturally made, traditional, Italian spirits. Elisa Carta is the force behind the brand, and her delicate yet precise liqueurs, bitters and aperitif wines reflect her as much as they do any prevailing category definitions. They combine the reworking of old family recipes with local botanicals and those traditionally sourced from Asia. Elisa grew up foraging and growing herbs with her grandmother, an amateur botanist, and the recipes are close to her heart. The name Sirene is a tribute to one of the most beautiful bays in nearby Lake Garda (also a botanical source), Baia delle Sirene (Bay of the Sirens), and its story. No chemicals or artificial coloring are ever used in Elisa’s products and most are vegan.
The word ‘americano’ comes from the French ‘amer’ which means bitter and as with all aperitvi, is meant to whet the palate. The Americano Bianco is made from a base wine of Trebbiano di Lugana (genetically identical to Verdicchio) and shows the variety’s distinctive freshness on the palate. Balanced between citrus, white flowers and the bitterness of the gentian, the finish also shows musk melon and woodsy spice.
Region: Veneto, Italy
Product Type: Aromatized Wine / Americano
Primary Botanicals: lemon verbena, mint, bitter and sweet orange peel, nutmeg, lemongrass, Gentiana lutea, chiretta
Botanical Source: Local herbs cultivated organically on Monte Baldo at 800m. Bitter and sweet orange from Southern Italy. Nutmeg, chiretta and lemongrass from Asia.
Finished ABV: 17%
Method of Production: Botanicals infused individually in neutral grain spirit for 3 weeks with stirring every day. Infusions pressed and combined, then water and beet sugar added. Rested briefly and paper- filtered. No coloring added; vegan.
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The Liquori delle Sirene are a collection of bitters and liqueurs made by the lovely Elisa Carta, a trained sommelier and olive oil taster, and a passionate herbalist. All of her products were born on Lake Garda, and were inspired by its gardens, colors, sunsets, and aromas. Many of the botanicals come from here. The name Sirene is a tribute to one of the most beautiful bays in the lake, Baia delle Sirene (Bay of the Sirens), and its story. Liquori delle Sirene are the fruit of a long and passionate research, and the reworking of old family recipes for Italian liqueurs and elixirs. No chemicals or artificial coloring are used in any of Elisa’s products.
Elisa makes her liqueurs near Lake Garda, using recipes handed down to her that have been in her family for generations. They are artisanal creations made from herbs, flowers, roots and fruit; botanical ingredients that are infused singly in alcohol, then combined to give complex, distinctive aroma and flavor. Most of the botanicals she uses come from around the lake with the exception of some from the Far East that do not grow in Italy but have been traditionally used in Italian liqueurs for centuries, such as Chinese Rhubarb Root. Mount Baldo, on the Verona side of Lake Garda, has been called ‘Hortus Europae,’ the garden of Europe, for its environment and its richness of flora and fauna, and Elisa has made a detailed study of the herbs of this ecosystem. Many of the local botanicals were no longer grown here until just a decade or so ago as much of the population left for big cities and higher wages after the World Wars. A group of young Mount Baldo residents, disenchanted with city life, are staying in the region and have banded together to resurrect the botanical industry that the region was previously famous for. They have replanted fields, are farming organically, hand harvesting, and using proper cutting and drying techniques. The local economy has responded enthusiastically and Elisa is sourcing some of her herbs from them to make her range of bitters and liqueurs.
-Oliver McCrum, Importer