The new liqueur from Don Ciccio & Figli, called Cerasum, was featured by Florence Fabricant from The New York Times.
Before the fruity cherry notes hit the palate, you are confronted with intriguing, dusky bitterness, the kind of taste that drives the best amaros. Cerasum, a new cherry liqueur, made in the United States by Don Ciccio & Figli from Michigan cherries and blossoms from Virginia, plus assorted herbs like juniper, is based on an old Italian recipe. It’s not sweet. I prefer it as a mixer rather than as a straight drink. A splash does admirably in sparkling wine, and can contribute a subtle fruity note to a Manhattan: Cerasum Aperitivo, $46 for 750 milliliters at Mouth Indie Spirits and Wine Gallery, 192 Water Street (Jay Street), Brooklyn, 347-227-7007, mouth.com; $44.99 at Cordial Craft Wine, Beer & Spirits in Washington, 202-548-2450, cordialwine.com.