The Spirit of Christmas

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Like Charles Dickens, we believe in the three “spirits” of Christmas—when it comes to the story of grappa, that is! After all, grappa is the essence of Italian distillates, born and raised within our culture, and it continues to evolve today, tempting palates with an ever more modern and high quality flavor.

What better way to celebrate the holidays than telling a tale along the lines of our favorite Christmas story by Dickens? But in this case, you’ll want to “read in moderation.”

“You will be haunted,” resumed the Ghost, “by Three Spirits…Expect the first to-morrow, when the bell tolls One.”

THE SPIRIT OF MEDICINE

hgjghAlcohol has natural disinfectant and preserving properties. For this reason, grappa has long been used as an easy and cheap ingredient for many household remedies. In fact, it was often found in the medicine cabinets of homes in the past, when it was used as a quick first aid medicine. Today, grappa is still an effective restorative for combatting the winter chills. For example, grappa made from pine needles with its balsamic and sweet flavor, or grappa made from elderberries were used for flu symptoms; basil or lemon balm grappas were appreciated for their digestive and tonic properties; and grappa was used to extract the active properties of gentian—even though it’s bitter, it works as an excellent remedy for a lack of appetite.

So, how can you revive the spirits of the past for today? Sunday skiers, we highly recommend grappas, infusions, and amari to combat the winter chills or a runny nose!

ALCOHOL-PRESERVED FRUIT

Here is our favorite spirit of Christmas: an ancient method of enjoying fruits of past seasons in the present. There are many different recipes for preserving fruits in alcohol, and every family has a favorite. We’d like to share with you one of the simplest ways of conserving grapes in grappa.

GRAPES PRESERVED IN GRAPPA DI MOSCATO

Wash the bunches of grapes, dry them carefully, and remove from the stem but leave about 3 mm on each grape. Pierce each grape several times with a sharp kitchen needle and place in a large glass jar. Add the spices, dissolve the sugar in grappa, and add the sweetened grappa to cover the grapes. Close and soak for at least two months before eating.

This year, enjoy your grapes fresh in the fall—and deliciously conserved in the winter.

The spirit of Christmas future

As the delicious recipe of smoked salmon alla Milla demonstrates, grappa is used more and more often in the kitchen. No longer just considered an excellent way to end your meal for better digestion or to accompany your dessert, now grappa is a useful ingredient in the kitchen. It naturally highlights various flavors in your recipes, gives a bit of personality to savory dishes, and enriches sweets with its aromatic notes. It has endless uses in gastronomy today.

The future of modern cooking looks like it will hold more opportunities for using grappa. And we make our Christmas modern with a soft panettone, produced according to Piemontese tradition and with the unmistakable flavor that comes from using our Moscato Après grappa, mingling its almondy, citrusy notes with the panettone.

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