Nespolino is a traditional liqueur from the Campania region in Italy. It is made from the fruits of the loquat tree, which is commonly found in the towns and communes of Campania such as Sorrento, Amalfi, and Salerno. The loquat tree is native to China but was introduced to Italy centuries ago and has since become a popular ingredient in local cuisine.

To make Nespolino, the ripe loquat fruits are harvested and then soaked in alcohol, typically grappa or vodka, along with sugar and spices. The mixture is left to macerate for several weeks, allowing the flavors to infuse. After the maceration period, the liqueur is strained and bottled, ready to be enjoyed.

Nespolino is recognized as a traditional Italian product (PAT) by the Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies. This recognition ensures that the liqueur is made following specific production methods and using traditional ingredients. The specifications for Nespolino include using only ripe loquat fruits, alcohol of at least 40% volume, and a minimum sugar content.

One popular recipe that incorporates Nespolino is the Nespolino Spritz. To make this refreshing cocktail, mix 3 parts Nespolino liqueur with 2 parts sparkling water and 1 part Aperol or Campari. Serve it over ice and garnish with a slice of orange or a sprig of mint.

Another delicious way to enjoy Nespolino is by using it in a dessert. One recipe that showcases the liqueur’s flavors is Nespolino Tiramisu. Prepare a traditional tiramisu recipe, but instead of using coffee, soak the ladyfingers in Nespolino liqueur. Layer the soaked ladyfingers with mascarpone cream and repeat until you have a delicious Nespolino-infused tiramisu.

Sources:
– “Nespolino: il liquore di nespole campano” – Giallo Zafferano (giallozafferano.it)
– “Nespolino” – Prodotti Agroalimentari Tradizionali (prodottitipici.com)