So have you ever eaten a wild strawberry?
Nicole Chapman, Regional Sales Manager of Classic Marketing in New Jersey suggests trying Fragolì —an imported sweet liqueur from Italian spirits maker Toschi. As she says, “This amazing wild strawberry liqueur is causing quite a stir!”
Looking rather rosy in its sleek frosted bottle this innovative liqueur is infused with hand-picked miniature whole wild strawberries that are seemingly floating to the top, making Fragoli Wild Strawberry Liqueur a unique experience that almost seems to defy the laws of physics. Each pour contains a few tiny, juicy, liqueur-soaked berries. It’s like a special present in each cocktail, plus, liqueur not only tastes great but is a beautiful feast for the eyes.
“The overwhelming popularity of Fragoli has far exceeded our expectations,” says Ms Chapman. “People just love it, especially those fabulous little wild berries!”
The nose of this deep strawberry-colored libation simply shouts strawberry—from fresh strawberries to strawberry jam to strawberry preserves and all the various strawberry aromas in-between. There is an attractive earthy note that adds some complexity.
The flavor of Fragoli is moderately sweet and crisp, yet there is a silky and glycerous mouthfeel. Intense strawberry flavors are backed by wild strawberry, lingonberry, honey, and, for some complex spicy notes, just a hint of white pepper and, perhaps, some sweet pepper jelly. The finish is fresh and very fruity.
The cute, tiny, wild strawberries floating in the bottle look like little strawberry stars, floating in a sea of passionate strawberry love. They do pack a punch, however. Fragoli has an alcohol content of 24% and the strawberries, which have absorbed their fair share, should be eaten in moderation.
At a recent tasting at Eagle Oaks Country Club in Farmingdale, Khadija Woods a Wine Specialist at Canal’s Bottlestop in Marlton was thrilled to discover the strawberries are wild-picked––hence free from pesticides. Woods commented she thought Fragoli “had fresh wild strawberries aroma and flavor with a slight acidity and a hint of spice. She went on to say Fragoli was “well-balanced between sugar, alcohol and acidity, and would make a perfect after-dinner treat if served chilled.”
Chapman agreed and suggested that Fragoli is perfect for desserts and when warmed to room temperature, it is a great addition to ice cream or fruit salad recipes. “Of course,” she continued “it can be enjoyed at any time of the day.”
Fragoli has an alcohol content of 24% by volume and is available in sizes 375 ml and 750 ml.
So if you would like to eat and drink a few wild strawberries this summer, Fragoli can be found throughout the Jersey Shore, including Monmouth Bottle Shop in Oakhurst and Spirit of 76 in Manasquan.
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