Unlike the big flavor strokes of spirits, typically distilled from limited ingredients, liqueurs are incredibly nuanced, expressing the vast diversity of the plant world: fruits, flowers, barks, herbs, spices, seeds, roots, and nuts. With vivid colors and heady aromas, they can seem almost hallucinogenic, a throw-back to their medieval history as magical potions made from elaborate “Secret” recipes.

Philadelphia Distilling’s Vigo, reflectingthe adventurous spirit of its namesake, Francis Vigo, a revolutionary Italian financier who supported the Colonial cause of Independence,belongs to the category known as digestivo. Integral to Italy’s ritualistic hospitality, Digestivos are traditionally composed ofbotanicals believed to have stomach-settling powers.