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Rucolino recipe (arugula liqueur)

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If you are looking for an authentic rucolino recipe, you must have heard of this amazing herb liqueur. If you haven’t…you might be wondering what is rucolino?

Rucolino is the typical amaro from the lovely island of Ischia, out of Naples. Locals make it macerating fresh arugula in alcohol, with or without adding flavors (lemon zest, cloves, and cinnamon) and having it, cold, after dinner, as a digestif.

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If you have loved my limoncello, consistently one of my most appreciated recipes, or my nocino (I admit, it is my favorite!) you should try this rucolino recipe! It is less sweet than limoncello, more on the bitter side, but what impresses the most is its flavor, so herby and fresh.

Rucolino recipe (arugula liqueur)

If you have been to Ischia, you must have tasted this amazing liqueur at the end of some of your dinners. Follow this recipe to learn how to make an authentic rucolino at home!
Prep Time30 mins
Resting15 d
Total Time15 d 30 mins
Course: Amaro, Drinks
Cuisine: Italian, Naples, Regional
Keyword: Arugula, Bitter
Servings: 40 people
Calories: 60kcal
Author: Roberto
Cost: $ 0.2


  • a sealed glass container
  • a pot
  • a spoon
  • a strainer
  • some gauze (or another filter)
  • a funnel


  • 130 gr arugula
  • 1 liter grain alcohol
  • 1 lemon zest
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 liter water
  • 500 gr sugar


Buon appetito!


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  • Reply Nicola 05/15/2022 at 4:38 AM

    Hello – could I halve this recipe and it still work out fine?

    • Reply Roberto 06/19/2022 at 7:24 AM

      Hi Nicola,
      sorry for late reply, still fighting with spam.
      Yes sure, you can halve all the ingredients and it will be just as great as mine!
      Ciao, and thanks for your comment,

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