Ambra Spirits, Thebarton

ADELAIDE | Ambra Spirits is an Adelaide distillery that produces a selection of traditional Italian liqueurs, and gin. It was founded in 1998 by Adelaide restaurateur Libero De Luca. At the time, Libero wanted a change of pace, so packed his bags and spent time in his native Italy, forming relationships with distillers and liqueur makers, and learning about the art of making apertivi and digestivi.

In 2013, friends Nando Focareta and Peppe Fusco bought the business from Libero, vowing to stick to the traditional recipes that had been perfected and used since Ambra was founded, staying true to their Italian heritage.

Nando and Peppe expanded to produce not just Italian liqueurs, but also gin, sticking to the same philosophy. Handmade in small batches, using pure neutral grape spirit distilled in the Barossa Valley.

This blending of Australian produce and ingredients and Italian philosophy can be found across the Ambra range. Ingredients like lemons, tangelos and blood oranges form the backbone of the both the liqueur and the gin range.

At the Ambra distillery there’s a tasting room with an indoor and outdoor area. It’s the best place to try the Ambra range, be it a tasting flight of pure spirits, or cocktails. I highly recommend their limoncello, cappuccino liqueur, and the Navel Strength gin, which features native finger limes and is a tribute to the grappa that Nando and Peppe’s nonnos used to drink.

Ambra Spirits

43 Phillips Street
South Australia 5031

Telephone: (08) 8354 0611
E-mail: [email protected]

Mon – Thu: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Fri: 9:00am to 11:00pm
Sun: 12:00pm to 5:00pm

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