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The word alkermes comes from the Arabic qìrmiz, which means ‘of scarlet color’. The origins of the Alkermes liqueur date back to the 15th century. The recipe used today is the one written in 1743 by Fra’ Cosimo Bucelli, who at the time was the director of the Officina. Its bright, ruby red color, which gave it its name, and the warm, spicy taste make Alkermes a unique liqueur. Alkermes is used as a cordial as well as in the preparation of many desserts. The Tuscan Region has officially recognized Alkermes as a “traditional product” and it has been included in the national registry of these products.