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The roots of the word ‘china’ (Chincona) can be traced back to pre-Columbian in Peru. There are a wealth of interesting tales surrounding the history of china, one of which tells of the wife of the governor of Peru who was cured of a malarial fever by the extract of the tree’s bark. Fra’ Gian Domenico Cavalieri, who directed the pharmacy from 1659 until 1684, passed down to the Officina the recipe of this special liqueur. Elisir di China can be served straight or with ice as an aperitif; it becomes a good digestive when served hot with a piece of lemon.