Zest For Life

Men's Health (UK) - - Are You Really A Good Person? - By Luca Ru­bi­nacci, creative di­rec­tor, Ru­bi­nacci mar­i­anoru­bi­nacci.net

To me, cit­rus is Italy. Its oils, flesh and juices are used in our foods, drinks and – of course – fra­grances. Last year, my fam­ily and I drove down to a lemon grove in Sor­rento be­cause my mother wanted to de­velop a scent. Th­ese Sor­rento lemons are truly spe­cial – you pick them and the aroma is im­me­di­ately ap­par­ent. It’s a sharp, acidic scent that’s also beau­ti­fully fresh. Us­ing in­gre­di­ents like that to make fra­grances is a real art, not dis­sim­i­lar to mak­ing wine. I also vis­ited a berg­amot grove some years ago, where a very pop­u­lar Ital­ian liqueur is made. It is rich, intense and quite sweet – sugar is added to coun­ter­bal­ance the acid­ity of the fruit, so it also smells hon­eyed as a re­sult. It’s usu­ally served cold, which mel­lows out the bit­ter­ness. Cit­rus fruits have a light, fresh qual­ity that will al­ways re­mind me of the Tus­can land­scape in sum­mer, with its lush green­ery, vine­yards and or­chards.

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