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Tame Fiery Italian Brandy by Adding Flavor

An Italian chef tells how to infuse grappa with fruit, herbs, and even honey

Fine Cooking Issue 04
Photos: Robert Marsala
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Infusing grappa with fruit and herbs has always been a favorite way to savor the potent beverage, and with this method you can easily make a wide variety of flavored grappas at home. You can also use grappa to flavor cakes and cookies by moistening them just before serving. Lidia Bastianich tells how to select and savor grappa, different techniques for infusing it, and recipes for raspberry, chamomile, fig, honey, peppermint, rosemary, or cherry grappa.


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