For every great batch of wine made here in Italy there is a whole crap load of stuff leftover. Stuff like grape skins, seeds, and stems. Instead of throwing all the leftovers into a compost pile, industrious Italians turn them into Grappa, or as I like to call it: the harshest thing you will ever drink.
Most of the Grappa you find is clear, but you can also find Amarone Grappa, which is a darker amber color. They are both very strong, way too strong for me!
Usually you drink Grappa as an after dinner digestivo, but you can also drink it in a cup of espresso, called caffe corretto. Old Italian men apparently love this stuff.
I can’t even explain what this stuff tastes like. I guess lighter fluid would be my closest approximation. Grappa is not something I would drink to unwind at the end of the day, but I would highly recommend that when you visit Italy you experience this stuff at least once, even if its just to impress everyone back home with your drinking fortitude!