Available Nationally January 15


January 18, 2018, Washington, D.C. – Washington D.C.-based distillery DON CICCIO & FIGLI will continue to take its artisanal offerings national with the launch of CERASUM APERITIVO, a bitter-cherry liqueur. The naturally tart spirit is available this Spring, in time for sipping in the sun with DC’s Cherry Trees in full bloom. Made with cherries from Michigan and local cherry blossoms, the Aperitivo brings US agriculture together in a way that resembles the past with a humble nod to the future.


CERASUM is based on a traditional Italian recipe from 1906, respecting the original product from the DON CICCIO & FIGLI distillery, which produced liqueurs on Italy’s picturesque Amalfi Coast for nearly a century. Today, this recipe is being resurrected stateside by fourth generation family owner Francesco Amodeo who opened the Washington, D.C. distillery in 2012.


CERASUM is a bitter aperitivo based on an infusion of three types of cherries from Michigan, sakura blossoms from Virginia and 10 selected roots and herbs including Juniper, Chamomile, Hibiscus, and resting at 23% ABV. While the aperitivo category has grown significantly in recent years, there are only a few other cherry-based liqueurs available in the U.S, making this an exciting addition to an intriguing category.  The natural tartness of the cherries rolls into a root style bitterness that creates a recognizable sensation, providing an applicable new style of liqueur. The medium-to-high bitterness level was designed with cocktail aficionados and fans of bitter aperitivi like the Negroni and Americano in mind. SRP is $35.99.


Founded in 1883, the Amodeo family’s DON CICCIO & FIGLI distillery enjoyed nearly a century of liqueur production on the Amalfi Coast. It was started in 1883 by Vincenzo Amodeo in his small house in Atrani, and enjoyed over 45 years of success before shuttered during World War II. In 1951 Francesco “Don Ciccio” Amodeo built a new distillery further up the coast in the town of Furore, which thrived until November 23, 1980 when a massive earthquake hit the region, destroying the distillery and the surrounding lemon trees.


Suggested recipes:

To better understand the complex blend of flavors but simple direction of Cerasum, we recommend starting with a Spritz, Americano or Negroni style libation and growing into more elaborate creations like Jungle Birds and Paper Planes.



1.5 oz Cerasum

Top off with Prosecco

Maraschino cherry garnish


1 oz Cerasum

1 oz Sweet Vermouth

top off with Sparkling Water

orange slice garnish



1 oz Cerasum

1 oz Sweet Vermouth

1 oz Gin

Stir, serve rocks, orange twist




Today, the Amodeo family tradition lives on in Washington, D.C., where founder and distiller Francesco Amodeo produces his family’s liqueurs in small batches using traditional methods. Currently DON CICCIO & FIGLI offers 14 products including amari, aperitivi and cordials. “Our liqueurs offer a refreshing glimpse of the past with a nod to the future which we’re excited to share,” says Francesco Amodeo, President & Master Distiller of Don Ciccio & Figli.


Don Ciccio & Figli’s products are distributed throughout the US in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Washington, Wisconsin as well as Puerto Rico and Panama.


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