Chinotto (drink)

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The fruit of the chinotto tree is the main flavoring agent for several brands of soda.

Chinotto (Italian: [kiˈnɔtto]) is a type of carbonated soft drink produced from the juice of the fruit of the myrtle-leaved orange tree (Citrus myrtifolia). The beverage is dark in color. Its appearance is similar to that of cola, but it is not as sweet as cola, having a bittersweet taste.

The drink was known in antiquity as a dark-hued, bitter-tasting variant of orange juice, and was considered as refreshment. Industrial production of Chinotto soda dates to the 1950s. It is produced in Italy by several companies, and is mostly consumed in Italy and Malta. San Pellegrino, the mineral water company, exports it under the brand name "Chinò" and "Chinotto." Coca-Cola produces it under the brand name "Fanta Chinotto" in Italy and "Fanta Amara" in Malta.

A bottle of Italian chinotto
An organic version of this drink.

In Italy, quinine is an ingredient in chinotto beverages.


See also[edit]

  • Moxie, a U.S. soft drink with a similar bitter taste


  1. ^ Kinnie goes on sale in London Times of Malta, 17 September 2010.