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The warm, sophisticated taste of Disaronno has a lineage dating back to one of the most romantic and creative periods in Italian history – the Renaissance. In 1525, the artist Bernardino Luini, a brilliant pupil of Leonardo da Vinci – was commissioned to paint a fresco of the Madonna of the Miracles in Saronno (Madonna dei Miracoli in Saronno, where the Fresco is still displayed today). His muse was a beautiful local innkeeper, and as a mark of her gratitude, she prepared for the artist a special gift of a flask full of an amber liqueur, fragrant and delicate. That is how the legend of DISARONNO arose: from a simple gesture of kindness and the unique handmade combination of secret ingredients.
in the 1600's, many families were making their own liqueurs and digestives, including the Reina family. Giovanni Reina rediscovered the innkeeper’s old recipe, and kept it a closely guarded family secret, passing it from generation to generation. In the first years of the twentieth century, Domenico Reina decided to open a store and workshop near the terminus of the steam tram line from Milan, which took the name of “Domenico Reina Coloniali”, situated in the heart of Saronno. It was here that the Disaronno Originale was produced and sold commercially.
1942 saw the arrival of the iconic bottle, still used today. Disaronno is loved worldwide, with many thinking it is an almond based liqueur, thanks to the marzipan like taste of this delectable drink. Disaronno is actually made from a blend of herbs and spices, with apricot kernels seeped in alcohol, the flavour known worlwide coming from the kernel itself.
Enjoy Disaronno over ice, in cocktails and with mixers.