Newest Obsession: Lurisia Chinotto Soda

Thanks to Mario Batali’s grocery powerhouse, Eataly, the amount of Italian products that I am familiar has expanded exponentially.  And amidst my new acquaintances, I have found my new love (sorry bf), Lurisia Chinotto soda.  At first sip, I was surprised by the flavor because it is unlike any American soda that I have ever tasted.  But the second sip, oh the second, proved to be a delightful taste bud experience…and so was every subsequent gulp.

Chinotto is flavored with an environmentally temperamental fruit that comes from a tree only grown in specific regions of Italy (Malta, Liguria, Tuscany, Sicily, and Calbria), called the the myrtle-leaved orange tree.

The fruit’s flavor is much more bitter than other oranges, and to me, tastes more like a lime. It has a unique tartness that really activates the taste buds at the back of the tongue.  Caramel plays a large role in this soda, as well.  It’s a great combination with the bitterness of the orange, giving it a deeper flavor.

I’ve found that Chinotto works well with whiskey (very similar to a whiskey sour), and would probably be amazing mixed with rum.

I highly encourage you to try it alone or with a drink like the one below:

Chinotto & Whiskey

  • 1 shot whiskey
  • 4 fresh raspberries
  • crushed iced
  • 6 oz. cold Chinotto
  • lime wedge for garnish (or myrtle-leaved orange, if you can get your hands on one)

Shake whiskey, raspberries, and ice in a cocktail shaker.  Pour into a chilled glass, then top with the Chinotto. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy.