Braulio, a Boozy Gem from Bormio

Italy’s culinary scene boasts an irresistible blend of regional specialties, each reflecting the unique terroir and traditions of its origin. While pizza and pasta might steal the spotlight, hidden gems like Braulio liqueur, a potent and flavorful amaro from the picturesque town of Bormio, deserve equal attention. Today, we’re embarking on a journey through the snow-capped peaks of the Italian Alps to discover the secrets of this legendary drink.

What is Braulio liqueur?

Imagine a sip that combines the herbaceous complexity of an amaro with the warming presence of brandy. That’s Braulio in a nutshell! This dark amber-hued liqueur is crafted using a secret recipe passed down through generations by the Peloni family. Legend has it that the recipe dates back to 1875, born from a desire to utilize the abundance of mountain herbs found in the Bormio Valley.

Nature’s Bounty in a Bottle

The magic of Braulio liqueur lies in its unique blend of botanicals. Gentian, juniper, wormwood, and over 20 other alpine herbs and roots are macerated in pure alcohol, releasing their essence into the spirit. This infusion then rests for two years in oak casks, allowing the flavors to mature and meld into a harmonious symphony. The result? A complex elixir that balances bitterness, sweetness, and herbal notes, offering a truly unique sensory experience.

A Pilgrimage to the Source: Visiting the Braulio Distillery

For the ultimate Braulio experience, visit the charming town of Bormio and its historic Peloni distillery. Immerse yourself in the history of this iconic liqueur through guided tours, witness the meticulous production process, and of course, savor a tasting in the beautiful alpine setting. Remember to pick up a bottle (or two!) in their quaint shop – a perfect souvenir to reminisce about your alpine adventure.

Beyond a Digestif: Unveiling the Versatility of Braulio

While traditionally enjoyed as a digestif after a hearty meal, Braulio’s versatility extends far beyond. Here are some ways to savor this alpine gem:

  • Neat or on the rocks: For the purists, enjoy Braulio liqueur chilled, allowing its complex flavors to shine through.
  • Cocktail magic: Braulio lends itself beautifully to cocktails. Try a refreshing “Spritz Braulio” with prosecco and sparkling water.
  • Sweet pairings: Braulio’s subtle sweetness makes it a surprising partner for desserts. Drizzle it over chocolate mousse, ice cream, or even fresh fruit for a unique flavor twist.
  • Culinary adventures: Add a splash of Braulio to savory dishes like stews, sauces, or marinades for an extra layer of depth and intrigue.

So, How Do You Enjoy Braulio?

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer! Experiment and discover what suits your palate. Here are some general tips:

  • Temperature: Braulio tastes great chilled, at room temperature, or even heated in cocktails.
  • Glassware: For neat or on-the-rocks, use a small tumbler or snifter. For cocktails, choose appropriate glassware based on the recipe.
  • Portion size: Braulio is potent, so start with small sips and savor the flavors.

Ready to Embark on Your Braulio Liqueur Adventure?

Together, let’s raise a glass to this unique and flavorful tradition, and toast to this delicious secret of the Italian Alps!

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Braulio liqueur

Braulio Shakerato

Recipe by Jason Hill –
Braulio, the iconic Italian amaro with its unique blend of herbs and roots, isn't just for post-dinner sips. Its complex flavor profile can be surprisingly versatile, adding depth and character to cocktails too! Today, let's create a refreshing Braulio Shakerato, a cocktail that captures the essence of the Italian Alps while offering a light and vibrant option for any occasion.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1


1 Cocktail shaker
1 Fine-mesh strainer
1 Chilled coupe glass


  • 3 oz Braulio
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Add Braulio to your shaker with a pinch of salt and ice.
  • Shake vigorously for at least 10 seconds and double strain into another shaker or glass.
  • Pour your cocktail back into your shaker (without ice this time) and shake again for another 10 seconds.
  • Pour into a chilled coupe glass. You should see cascading foam that gives this cocktail a creamy, smooth and full bodied mouth-feel.
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Variation: Add 1.5 oz Cynar 70 proof and 1 dash of Angostura bitters to the Braulio and prepare as directed.
This recipe comes from Reddit
Keyword braulio, cocktails, drinks, Italy
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Hi, I’m Jason Hill, host of YouTube’s “Chef Tips” series. I graduated from culinary school in 1998, and gained my experience working the lines in Southern California. I launched my cooking videos in 2007. I love sharing quick and easy recipes that get people back in the kitchen.

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