One of the most famous aperitifs in Italy, Crodino is a non-alcoholic bitter soda that gets its name from Crodo, a small town in Northwest Italy where it was first produced and bottled in 1964. Decades later, Crodino officially became part of the Compari group, which helped usher this non-alcoholic drink into mainstream Italy. The Italian soda’s universal appeal is the result of a unique flavor from an infusion of herbs, roots, citric acid, and sugar, all brewed with the original, time-honored recipe. Herbal extracts and sugar are added to water, giving this golden-colored drink a bittersweet taste with a hint of sweet vanilla and light notes of citrus, while the aftertaste of the soda has a lingering bitterness. Together, these flavors make the sparkling soda perfect for mellowing the bite of liquor in your favorite cocktail recipes.
How to Drink Crodino
Campari’s favorite aperitif, Crodino is traditionally served as a pre-dinner cocktail along with light appetizers. For a mild and refreshing apertivo before dinner, Crodino is typically poured over ice, which melts into the soda and softens its pungent flavor. To balance the strong herbal flavors, orange juice and extra soda water can also be added, plus a twist of lime or lemon—or even a slice of orange. Every bottle of Crodino is alcohol-free, so the beverage is great for mocktails inspired by the flavors of Italy and other European countries. It also works as an alternative to alcoholic bitters for aperitifs or bittersweet mixed drinks. Enjoy in a wine glass to celebrate a special occasion. The bright citrus notes and herbal aromatics of this Italian soda help to even out the flavors of Old Sixteen Rum, the signature spirit for a Crodino cocktail.
Where can I buy Crodino?
For your convenience, Supermarket Italy offers an exclusive selection of hard-to-find Italian sodas, including Crodino. You will find plenty more cocktail mixers at Supermarket Italy, and with our convenient online grocery, all of your favorite sparkling sodas are delivered straight to your door. Supermarket Italy even offers a bundle that includes both Crodino and San Pellegrino Sanbitter, two drinks that are synonymous with aperitifs.