In the Monastery of Santa Clara in Monte Real, everyday life begins by the sun rise. The Sisters pray the Rosary as they walk between the pine forest, the garden and the orchard.
Product of Portugal
It is in the pine forest between the green of the trees and the brown of the pine needles that they are inspired to create this fabulous liqueur.
With a light crimson tone, notes of camarinha and rosemary stand out.
In the old days, LICOR was just a treat for the upper and rich classes or the noble royalty, due to its expensive ingredients, such as sugar. Nowadays we can all enjoy a delicious liqueur before or after meals.
“The most probable origin of the liqueur is attributed to homemade potions and to herbal and fruit syrups prepared by old ladies of the town, with the aim of curing minor ailments. These preparations resulted in sweetened drinks, very tasty".
Going through history, we find the Chinese, more than 800 BC. with the habit of drinking a distilled beverage, prepared from the fermentation of rice. Also, many European countries, such as Great Britain, France, Italy, Portugal and some others, produced drinks similar to our LICOR since ancient times. The Arab alchemists decided to use alcohol in their medicines prepared with medicinal herbs, paving the way for the manufacture of famous drinks.
The Catalan alchemist Arnaud Villeneuve, in 1250, managed to extract the aromatic principles of herbs, leaving them to macerate in pure alcohol. This technique of obtaining the essences of plants – preserving all their properties – was of extreme importance in the improvement of the liqueur and many other drinks or natural medicines.”
It was during the Middle Ages that cooking and drinking techniques developed. The monks were largely responsible for the emergence of magnificent formulas, which remain secret to this day.