Area: Sardegna/ Sardinia
As in all folk traditions, the origins of this product are very ancient. The liquor obtained
from berries only, or from berries and leaves, belongs to the Sardinian folk tradition and to
the red quality. Some sources date the origins of this liquor back to the folk traditions of the
19th century. Families were producing myrtle from the hydro alcoholic maceration of ripe
berries. Maceration was carried out with a mixture of acquavite and water. At the end of
the maceration period, sugar or honey was added to the extracted liquor in order to sweeten
it. The product was intended for personal use. In recent times and following law no. 173
issued in 1998, the Sardinian myrtle was added to the official list of traditional products.
The Silvio Carta company decided to produce myrtle without considering production costs
but focussing on quality only. The historical recipe is simple: good ingredients in the right
quantities, a lot of patience, passion and “Mirto Silvio Carta – Ricetta storica” becomes a
unique and overwhelming product. It would be a shame not to try it. It is best served iced
by keeping bottles in the freezer.