11 spirits that have gone out of fashion (but we may still love)

11 spirits that have gone out of fashion (but we may still love)

by Nadine Solano 

There are spirits that resist the passage of time and others that have lost their appeal, but some still love them.

There are spirits that in some way have marked history, becoming true cult and symbols of entire generations. Many, however, have gradually lost appeal . The reasons are different: tastes change, new proposals come into play, the manufacturing companies themselves bet on other products. Most of these drinks are still on the market and protagonists of their own niche ; others do not, but those who want them can easily find them along the endless streets of the Internet. Let’s make a roundup that will certainly unlock memories , ignite nostalgia and more than a few smiles. Or it will arouse the pride of those who jealously keep at least one bottle in their own home.


  1. Peach vodka . Not so long ago, peach vodka was in great demand. He exercised his seductive power above all on women, but he also managed to conquer numerous exponents of the male population. Then, little by little, things changed. Not that it has finally set, mind you. But here, the requests decrease. The reason? For many, that very sweet taste ends up tiring. So now it is a whim to be granted sparingly. 
  2. Crème de menthe . Carlo Vanzina fans certainly remember that scene from Yuppies in which Christian De Sica, aka Sandro, after a fight in a nightclub orders a Crème de Menthe with ice pilè. It is a liqueur of French origins made with Corsican mint or peppermint. In the eighties it was really strong, in the nineties the decline began. In most cases, today’s young people don’t even know it. But those of yesterday remember it with nostalgia. It can be found online. 
  3. Maraschino . The name is Italian but its history begins in Dalmatia. It is said that it was a monk who invented it in the Middle Ages. In any case, this legendary liqueur obtained from the distillation of black cherries then found success in Italy and, thanks above all to Venetian and Genoese traders, has gained international fame. The best known maraschino is undoubtedly the Luxardo. However, it must be recognized that, in general, this liqueur is no longer particularly popular. Although several bartenders use it to structure different cocktails including Daiquiri, Mary Pickford, Flip, Cider Cobbler.
  4. Armagnac . The oldest brandy in France, traces of it can be found in manuscripts from the fifteenth century. It is obtained from the distillation of white wines originating from Gascony. Not to be confused with Cognac, also produced in southwestern France but in another area, with other types of wine and with a different still. The best wine shops have their own bottles of Armagnac, the price range is wide: it starts from around 30 euros to reach 250 euros.   
  5. Vov . “ Egg liqueur – comforting Zabaione ”: do you remember the colorful Vov label, further highlighted by the white bottle? Nostalgia is immediate as well as inevitable. The Paduan pastry chef Gian Battista Pezziol invented the Vov in 1845. That one day, wondering how to recover those yolks that often left over, he ended up creating this delicacy. It was immediately a success, not only in Italy but also in many other parts of the world. Gradually the sunset has come, which we can consider natural after all. However, several e-commerce still offer it, take into account a cost of around 20 euros. 
  6. Biancosarti . An aperitif liqueur created in the 1950s by the Bolognese Luigi Sarti. It achieved fame in the seventies and eighties, also thanks to winning advertising campaigns: testimonials were, among others, Ubaldo Lay in the role of Lieutenant Sheridan and Telly Savalas in those of the unforgettable Lieutenant Kojak. Someone also remembers the claim ” Biancosarti, the vigorous aperitif “, others the carousel with Amedeo Nazzari. It comes from the distillation of herbs, spices and roots but the recipe has always remained a secret.
  7. Stock 84 . Brandy born in 1884 – the credit goes to Lionello Stock – and still in production. It no longer enjoys commercial success, but connoisseurs and refined palates know it well and appreciate it a lot. It is left to age for 8 years in oak barrels: a long process that gives rise to that beautiful golden color, the intense aroma and the unmistakable soft and velvety taste. 
  8. Elisir Borsci S. Marzano . The authorship of this liqueur belongs to Giuseppe Borsci, who – in the year 1840 – in his laboratory in S. Marzano di San Giuseppe, province of Taranto, perfected the recipe based on herbal infusions inherited from his ancestors of Caucasian origin. . It is the oldest bitter in Southern Italy and is still on the market today. Until a few years ago it was very much in demand everywhere, now the star is a little clouded even if several mixologists consider it an inspiring muse. And, in any case, it remains an institution in Puglia. Excellent on ice cream and in coffee.  
  9. Riccadonna . It belongs to the great local tradition of vermouth, indeed between the seventies and eighties it was probably the most famous. In short, it was present in the refrigerator of many Italians. It was produced by the company of the same name in Canelli, in the province of Asti, belonging to the Campari Group since 2003. We use the past tense because Riccadonna is no longer available on the market. 
  10. Cynar . Impossible not to know the artichoke-based liqueur invented in ’48 by the Venetian Angelo Dalle Molle. Indeed, we bet that many remember perfectly the carousels of the Sixties interpreted by Ferruccio De Ceresa and Ernesto Calindri. The younger ones, on the other hand, found themselves smiling in front of the spot broadcast in 2007 and 2008 starring Elio and the Tense Stories, in which a bottle of Cynar is transformed into a spaceship and the historic slogan ” Against the wear and tear of modern life “. The recipe also includes an infusion of 13 herbs and plants, the flavor is a winning contrast between sweet and bitter. The Cynar is no longer super popular, but it retains many admirers.  
  11. Witch . It has been produced since 1860 by the Strega Alberti company of Benevento, the name is directly attributable to the legends about the witches of that same city. In its composition there are 70 herbs and spices imported from all over the world, consequently the digestive power is very high. The typical yellow color is due to saffron. The most well-stocked bars and pubs keep it on display on the shelves and, even if it is not often requested, they do not miss an opportunity to use it in the preparation of various cocktails. Those who know it well, however, want to consume it straight or at most with a little ice.

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