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Rucolino recipe (arugula liqueur)

Rucolino recipe

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 arugula based 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.

It’s not very famous, a very local thing, and I actually got to know about it for the first time when I had a Ischia vacation with my family… after that day, I recommended it to anyone going for a trip in the area.

Interesting, isn’t it? Want to find this, when it’s fresh arugula season? You can pin it 🙂

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 minutes
Resting15 days
Total Time15 days 30 minutes
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


Edited: nowadays, I use an American coffee filter to filter the rucolino: I think it’s more effective than using the strainer with the gauze. I hope you will find this tip useful and if you want to help this project to share authentic Italian food you can buy your filters using this link.

Thanks and… enjoy responsibly 🙂


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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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