An old litre bottle of Martini's best selling rosso, claimed to be the world's first vermouth. The colour comes from the caramel which is added to the 50 or so herbs and spices. We estimate this bottle dates from the 1970s.
An old litre bottle of Cinzano Extra Dry Vermouth. Made from a combination of white wine and a subtle blend of herbs and spices (to quote one Leonard Rossiter), we estimate this bottle dates from the 1980s.
A 1970s bottling of Gancia Americano. We have to admit to not being entirely sure what the Americanissimo band is all about (presumably some kind of marketing effort.) A mixture of neutral wines, local botanicals, including wormwood, bitter orange and cinnamon, and sugar.
A litre bottle of Aperol from Italy, bottled under previous owner Barbieri's stewardship in the 1970s. Aperol is an aperitif made to an unchanged secret 1919 recipe, including rhubarb, orange, herbs and roots.
A 1980s bottling of Chinato from the Barolo region in Piedmont in the north of Italy, produced by Zabaldano. Chinato was created in the late 19th century as a remedy for various illnesses, including flu and is a made by blending herbs and spices with Barolo wine and sugar.
A bottle of Milan-based Bisleri's Ferro-China. It was created by Felice Bislieri, who in addition to making liqueurs was a pharmacist and a freedom fighter under Garibaldi. It is an alcohol infusion with cinchona bark, herbs and iron salts. We estimate this was bottled in the 1970s.
An old bottling of Fernet Branca, a bitter, aromatic Italian spirit. Made using a secret family recipe with 27 herbs emanating from 5 different continents and aged for a year in oak. We estimate this bottle dates from the 1970s.
Please note this bottle has a torn label as shown in the photograph.