Ischia Sapori is the island's one and only liqueur factory. Dating back
to 1880, it is the Savastano family's true love. Rucolino is made
from two types of rucola that grows on Ischia and the Pontine
archipelago. The first type, riccia, is characterized by narrow leaves
and vivacious, piquant flavors with decidedly bitterish undertones while the
second is called vellutata, with broad leaves and softer, smoother
flavors. The leaves, along with citrus peel, herbs, and roots are infused in
alcohol to macerate for forty days before being filtered and
mixed with water and sugar.
Rucolino recalls notes of citrus fruit, cedar, and subtle caramel., the palate lively and pleasingly bitter. Best served cold from the freezer or over ice without garnish.