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Leopold Bros. Aperitivo, Denver, Colorado (750ml)   

In line with the traditional Italian style, the spirit centers around major flavor components: bitterness from gentian root and sweetness from cane sugar. Citrus is the third major component, so they add distilled coriander and grapefruit peels to give it a bright, citrus aroma. They then mix these components with a variety of fragrant flowering botanicals, including hyssop and Artemsia pontica. The color comes from cochineal (insects), which adds the vibrant red color that one expects from a traditional Aperitivo as it has been used in spirits for hundreds of years.