Alchermes is a type of Italian liqueur prepared by infusing neutral spirits with sugar, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and vanilla, and other herbs and flavouring agents. Its most striking characteristic is its scarlet colour, obtained by the addition of Kermes, a small parasitic insect from which the drink derives its name. The drink fell out of favour around the turn of the 20th century because people discovered that its colour came from insects. Several proprietary variants are commercially available, with alcoholic contents ranging from 21 to 32%. Its chief use is in colouring pastry, although a quick dessert is sometimes made by adding it to mascarpone and sugar.
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Country of Origin: Italy