FAQs (Questions & Answers)
1.What exactly a Ratafia is?
Well,… A Ratafia is a liqueur, that’s all! According Regulation (EC) no 110/2008 a Liqueur is a spirit drink, having a mínimum sugar content, expressed as invert sugar, of 100g/L, and the mínimum alcoholic strength by volume shall be 15% ABV (30º proof). What is a Ratafia Catalana Liqueur?
2. Is any Ratafia always a Ratafia Catalana Geographical Indication?
Nop, Ratafia is a liqueur widely produced but only products according Order (Act) Dpt of Agriculture Regional Gov of Catalonia ARP/243/2017, October 25th, DOGC No. 7484, 30-10-2017, which established the Protected Geographical Indication are considered “Ratafia Catalana”.
3. Any institution promotes and expands the enthusiams for the Ratafia Liqueur?
Yes of course!, The “Confraria de la Ratafia of the Village of Santa Coloma de Farners” is a non-profit institution that promotes this liqueur since many years ago! its motto: “The Ratafia’s Universe” http://confrariaratafia.cat/
4. What a Ratafia is and what not?
A Ratafia is not a fortified wine, non a apperitive like vermouth or other aromatised wine products, Non a mistelle (muted grape must) , non a sweet fortified muscat, non madeira, “rancio” or Sherry style wine, etc.
5. Is a Ratafia a natural product?
Nop, Ratafia can’t be found hanging upon a tree. A human decides how is every drop of Ratafia you will find in a bottle. No humans….no Ratafia!
6. What about Artisan or Craft Ratafia?
There is not a legal or 100% clear definition about this matter. When we say “Craft Ratafia” we actually are talking about “amateur” or “homemade” Ratafia.
7. Ratafia, an overview.
Every Liqueur has two main characteristics: its alcoholic strength by volume and its sugar content. Ratafias usually have 24%ABV (48-58 ºproof) and more than 120 grams of sugar per litre.
8. Is the green walnut mandatory in all Ratafias as an ingredient?
Yes it is. Both Ratafia and Ratafia Catalana PGI must be elaborated using green walnuts as a main ingredient. Fruits of Juglans regia (known as Persian or english walnut). Ratafia is a liqueur elaborated basically with green walnuts. Its flavour can be completed with other aromatic plants.
9. What’s in your Ratafia? Energy, Nutrients?
A ratafia contains nutrients, basically ethanol and sugar. 1 gram of ethanol (ethyl alcohol) contains seven calories (29 kJ) and 1 gram of sugar four (17 kJ).
Note that Alcoholic beverages greater than 1.2% ABV are exempt from the mandatory ingredient list and nutrition declaration requirements EU Regulation on the provision of food information to consumers (1169/2011).
Spirits sector annex to the self-regulatory proposal from the European alcoholic beverages sectors on the provision of nutrition information and ingredients listing https://ec.europa.eu/food/sites/food/files/safety/docs/fs_labelling-nutrition_legis_alcohol-self-regulatory-proposal_annex-spirits-en.pdf
10. How to calculate energy-calories of my Ratafia?
It’s quite easy if you know the exactly amount of ethanol and sugar of your Ratafia liqueur. Ratafias, like other complex spirits, normally do not contain other energy nutrients i.e. fat, proteins, etc.
Calculation: ABV of Ratafia x 5.6 = Amount of Kcal/100mL.
(As an example, a Ratafia of 25%ABV …. 25 x 5.6 = 140 kcal/100mL (that is 577 kJ))
What about sugar?
You must know the amount of sugar per litre, normally that is from 120-250g/L.
Calculation: Sugars g/L x 0.4 = Amount of Kcal/100mL El xarop de la Ratafia: Càlculs. (juny 2016)
(As an example, a Ratafia of 150g/L sugar … 150 x 0.4 = 60 kcal/mL (247 KJ))
This exemple would equal 140+60 = 200 kcal/100mL (824 kJ).
Note: Serving size for spirits is 30mL, that’s approx. 60kcal (247 kJ).
11. Does a Ratafia ever expire?
Nop, liqueurs are shelf stable.
According the EU regulation beverages of 10% ABV or higher are exemplet from indicate Date of minimum durability or ‘use by’ date;
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