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Dec 20, 2009 08:06 PM

Need Italian liqueur - - Alchermes

I am looking for a bottle of Alchermes to make Zuppa Inglese. Does anyone know a local source?

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  1. Also spelled Alkermes, as in Alkermes-Elisir di Lunga Vita.

    It's made by Alla Gustaria, in Prato.

    You can write to them, and ask who their US importer is, who can then tell you who carries Alchermes in the Bay Area. Probably an Italian specialty grocer. -- email

    More info here:

    1. There are a few brands. I've never seen it in the US.

      If you don't want to substitute something else, you'll probably have to make your own.

      1. Ive never seen it in US......I have some I bought back from Italy.It is red in color.

        1. the brand I have is Lindoch's . it says xxxttigliato Dalle Distillerie Valdoglio S.p.A.
          The label is ripped so do not know the xxx letters.
          I bought in Florence in 90's I think. For some reason I seem to recall that there might be or might have been an import ban . I usually dont waste my space bringing back things I can get here unless really a cost benefit.

          1. Carol Field recommends substituting marsala, though real marsala vergine is almost as hard to find as Alkermes.

            Here are some recipes similar to hers if you want to make your own:


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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Check with Daryl Corti at Corti Bros. in Sacramento. If anyone knows, he will. A walking encylopedia of food and drink, esp. Italian and Japanese.

              You can email them...


              1. re: MRMoggie

                I thought of Corti Bros. right off, but it's currently on back order.


                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  Might check anyway, the website may not always be updated....besides, it's about the only shot in Northern California.