Review: Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur

Immediate bummer: Upon pouring a bit of Solerno into your glass, Solerno turns out not to be bright red like the bottle’s appearance — and blood orange juice — would indicate (the glass is tinted, ya see) but rather nearly clear, like Cointreau, just with a slight yellow tinge.

Solerno is indeed just a spin on a triple sec, made in Italy from sweet blood oranges instead of the usual Valencias and such.

And Solerno is really quite good: Big kick of orange and clearly of the blood variety, but awfully sweet. This would be a great addition to any cocktail where sugar plays a role (in fact, you might throttle back the sweetness in your recipe if you sub this in for any triple sec), but it’s a little too sugary on its own as a digestif. And at 80 proof, it runs hot, too.

Overall, a very good liqueur, and worth a try for any orange enthusiast. Love the bottle, too.

A- / $35 / grantusa.com

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1 Response

  1. Keith September 3, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    Took a gamble on this one day, as I love blood oranges. It ended up replacing Cointreau in my margaritas. Really takes it to the next level. I’ve turned on a few friends to it. Great stuff. I definitely agree that it’s too sweet to drink on it’s own.

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