Alchermes is an Italian liqueur originated from Tuscany that is prepared by infusing alcohol with sugar, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and other herbs and spices.
It is known for its bright red color, which in the past was made by using shells of insects. Nowdays, red food coloring is usually used to get this unique colour. The liqueur is slightly syrupy and has a spicy flavour what makes it perfect to use in many Italian desserts.
One of the most popular desserts with this liqueur is Zuppa Inglese - Italian dessert made of custard cream and ladyfingers dipped in Alchermes liqueur. If you need this liqueur for your desserts and can't find it to buy you can easily make it at home using alkohol and several spices.
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