The Italian liqueur ADRIATICO is setting sail in the UK this summer with a wider distribution of this popular amaretto drink. Taking its name from the sea next to where their almond trees grow, ADRIATICO Roasted and ADRIATICO Bianco Amarettos are made from handpicked Italian almonds from Puglia and are 100% natural.
These premium Amarettos are also Gluten Free and Vegan Certified. ADRIATICO is the only Vegan Amaretto in the world as the range is lactose free. ADRIATICO launched in September 2019 globally and the amarettos are newly available in on-trade venues, off-trade venues (Eataly, London, Harvey Nichols) and all main e-commerce sites (Amazon, The Whisky Exchange, Master of Malt) at an RRP of £28.99.
ADRIATICO Roasted is an Amaretto liqueur made from all natural vegan certified ingredients and almonds from Puglia that undergo a toasting process. Hand-picked in the Italian countryside, the almonds used to make ADRIATICO are a unique Apulian almond called “Filippo Cea” that are then roasted before being macerated and distilled. The final amaretto is then blended with cinnamon, cocoa and coffee. Cane sugar is also added but 50% less sugar is used than the traditional amarettos. Finally, a pinch of sea salt from the salt flats next to the Adriatic Sea is added, from which ADRIATICO takes its name. ADRIATICO Roasted Amaretto is one of the most versatile liqueurs and is best enjoyed in an Amaretto Sour, topped up with Ginger Beer for an ADRIATICO Mule or neat over ice.
ADRIATICO Bianco Amaretto is an alternative to traditional amaretto and is made from crushed white almonds, which are chopped and soaked, resulting in a silky liqueur with notes of vanilla. ADRIATICO Bianco Amaretto is best enjoyed in an ADRIATICO Almond Margarita, ADRIATICO Bianco Sour or neat over ice with a slice of lemon. ADRIATICO Bianco is a lower alcohol aperitivo at 16% ABV, perfect for a light aperitivo when served on the rocks.
Marella Batkovic, Brand Ambassador for ADRIATICO says: “The idea for ADRIATICO originated in the beautiful region of Puglia, where we set out on a mission to encapsulate the landscape, culture and flavours of this wonderful region, including the almond trees which look out over the Adriatic Sea, in a new generation of amarettos.”
“It was from here that ADRIATICO Amaretto was born and I am proud to say that all of the ingredients for our amarettos are sourced locally in Italy. We are excited to introduce ADRIATICO to even more people in the UK. Amaretto is one of the most famous Italian liqueurs and our aim is to offer more people a slice of Puglia through our new-wave range of amarettos.”
“We aim to bring amaretto back to the forefront of the aperitivo moment through using natural ingredients and creating exciting recipes to enjoy amaretto in new ways by working with a range of Italian and International bartenders.”
The ADRIATICO bottle is inspired by Puglia. The colours on the bottle label are reminiscent of the crystal blue waters of the Adriatic Sea, illuminated by the golden rays of sun, which surround the beautifully preserved landscape of Puglia. The hexagonal shape of the bottle is inspired by the medieval architecture of Castel del Monte, the design of which follows the Golden Ratio of “divine” ergonomics.
The logo has two emblematic symbols of Puglia: the first is the “trullo”, the famous Apulian dry stone hut that resembles an almond – the treasure of local agriculture. The vertical lines on the top of the logo also resemble the rays of sunshine typical to Puglia.