Authentic Italian Liquors Recipes
How to make them
The liquors we drink and love today have roots that go back in the ancient world. Ancient Romans did not know the process of distillation but where enhancing the wines with herbs and spices. After the fall of the Roman Empire it is due in big part to the monasteries that culture and traditions are preserved, including the use of wine. The holy Benedict in the sixth century in his monastic rules allows the drinking of limited quantities of wine for the monks. Wine was and still is being used for religious purposes. Ironically this is also how some wineries in California escaped the prohibitionist period in the States. But there was another use that was very important. Herbs where infused with the wine for medical purposes. So when from the east in the 13th century arrives the distillation process, instead of infusing the medical herbs in the wine alcohol is used instead making the proceeding more effective. It happened than that many of these liquors had not only medical properties but also a good taste and so becoming popular. This is then the start of the production of many different alcoholic beverages, which in common have the same principle of production. The alcohol extracts the flavor of spices and herbs, a joy for your palate.
Whenever visiting a Benedictine abbey in Europe you might see vineyards around. Very often also monasteries will produce their own liquors which you can also find at gourmet shops.
Following the links you will be able to discover how to make some of these liquors on your own. I had to adapt the recipes to the States and so i will use vodka instead of stronger alcohol that i canít find here.