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Episode 57: Disaronno
Episode 5718th June 2021 • Liquor and Liqueur Connoisseur • Matt Birchard
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Episode 57 features Disaronno Originale, an Amaretto. The bottle for the tasting is 750mL at 28% ABV, or 56 proof and sells for about $30.

Enjoy this episode with Disaronno neat, on the rocks, or in a favorite cocktail!

Disaronno's official website: https://www.disaronno.com/en

Brief Historical Timeline:

  • 1525 - Bernardino Luini is commissioned to paint a fresco in Saronno, Italy, and his muse, a local innkeeper, gifts him a bottle of bitter almond liqueur she made as thanks
  • 1600s - Italians routinely make homemade liqueurs from local ingredients, and the innkeeper's recipe may have been rediscovered by Giovanni Reina
  • 1900 - Domenico Reina begins commercially producing what we know today as Disaronno in Saronno, Italy. Sold as "Amaretto di Saronno"
  • 1942 - A squared bottle is used
  • 1947 - ILLVA, the parent company of Disaronno is formed, entirely owned by the Reina family
  • 1960s - Disaronno is exported to the USA and finds a receptive market
  • 1971 - The bespoke bottle is created by glass artisans in Murano, Italy
  • 2001 - The name is officially changed to "Disaronno Originale", relegating amaretto to the back label
  • 2009 - A label update is made

Key Cocktails:

Disaronno is great on it's own or on ice, but mixes well. I'd recommend trying this recipe:

Disaronno Sour:

  • 50 ml Disaronno
  • 25 ml Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 5 ml Simple Syrup
  • Egg White

Shake all ingredients with ice vigorously. Strain into an ice filled glass, garnish with a lemon wedge and serve.

References:

Wikipedia Article on Disaronno

Wikipedia Article on Amaretto

The Nibble article on the History of Amaretto

The Spruce Eats article on Amaretto History

Article on Italian history of Amaretto

The Spirits Business Sales Data

Alcademics Disaronno Distillery Visit

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