An original one, (todays home made ones) will have the fruit, qtr'd, laid on trays and roasted until the sugars caramelise and go deep brown, (how you get the dark colour), and then is steeped in syrup along with a assortment of spices, like this faux one I found, but here they substitute other citrus.
I,ve become a bit of a google instant expert on it last night, and their is now a protection law & a revival of the genuine article recently put in place in Italy.
Any of our Italian blitzers got grandmas recipe from the "Old Country" for homemade Chinotto syrup/cordial they may like to share?
I've just googled for an hour with zero luck, other than a faux version some Aussie running a London bistro has knocked up.
The trees used to be fairly common on Melbourne nature strips in the Nthn Burbs. Not sure if they still are, but there's plenty in Sth Gippsland thanks to the legacy of the large Italian mining community that established down here, & I have access to plenty of fruit.
Don't know why I never clicked to doing it before .....
Im assuming Chinotto is a trade name, or would the old folk know it by that name? I'll ask at this old Italian shop in Preston that sells everything from the mother country for cooking, home preserving and bottling.
Let us know if you get your hands on some fruit, especially if it's accessible to public.
Cheers mate. (Soz, I missed this post somehow earlier)
Re Fruit: I will, as always catch up with many of the old friends of Italian roots from school days leading up to Commerce-mas, and will ask them if the trees are still going.
I imagine most of their parents, and definitely G-Parents are passed or moved into facilities by now, so they may not be in known, or friendly hands anymore.
I take it you're semi local at least?
Because these ones aren't nature strip planted. For public access ones, the Melbourne burbs would be the best bet, ... again, if they are still out there and alive as they once were.
Lastly, Chinotto is the name for the Fruit itself, .. it then lends it's name to the drink.