A fabled potion dating back to the 8th century, Alchermes liqueur is made from kermes, many versions have been crafted throughout history. Known for its healing properties, the kermes potion traveled from the middle east to Europe, where it became a highly prized beverage.
Alchermes, now nearly extinct, is colored with a small insect, Cochineal. Alchermes is scarlet in color, and most frequently composed of warm aromatic spices and herbs. It has been used not only as an enjoyable drink, but as a confectionary ingredient as well. Historic varieties were made with crushed pearls, silk and gold flakes. Heirloom Alchermes forgoes the jewels, and uses whole botanicals and spices for the aromatics and flavor. Ancient, warm, dusty, and mysterious. Delicious in a Negroni, an Alkermes Spritz or as a modifier in a sour or fizz.
Spirits Enlivened with an ancient potion including vanilla, cinnamon and rose.
Spirits Enlivened with an ancient potion of warm, aromatic spices and botanicals.