Agog Over Amaro

Agog Over Amaro

Whether you’re looking for the perfect before or after dinner drink, or decided to try a new and exciting cocktail, amaro is the way to go. There is a new craze sweeping the country called amaro fever. Granted, every amaro is unique, and there are hundreds produced around the world. Traditionally, amaros are made by infusing grape brandies with herbs, aromatic flowers, and other proprietary spices; then sweetened with simple syrup and aged, sometimes for years. In Italy, where amaro calls home, they are enjoyed, sip by sip, over ice as an after dinner “digestif”. However, with the recent surge in popularity of craft cocktails and spirits, amaro has seen a boom in cocktail mixing. Bitter and complex, just a minute amount of an amaro can change the flavor profile of any cocktail. So check out some of our selection of amaros, listed below from least to most bitter, as well as some tasty cocktail ideas for them!

Amaro Montenegro $29.99 – a light and refreshing end to the meal, this amaro is reminiscent of orange peel and rosewater.monte_product_home

  • This Charming Man:
    • 1oz Amaro Montenegro
    • 0.5oz Cointreau
    • 1oz Rye Whiskey
    • 0.75oz Lemon Juice
    • Dash Bitters
    • Lemon Peel
      • Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and strain. Garnish with a lemon peel.

Amaro Averna $29.99 – moderately sweet and bitter, this amaro has undertones of fresh oranges and berries.amaro_ritual

  • Guyanese Missle Crisis
    • 1oz Rum (aged is best)
    • 0.5oz Coffee Liquor
    • 0.25oz Amaro Averna
    • 0.25oz Simple Syrup
    • 0.5oz Cream
    • 1 Orange Peel
      • Stir everything except the cream, strain into a rocks glass with cream. Garnish with the orange peel.

Amaro Sibona $29.99 – rich and plush, this amaro has aromas of molasses and tastes of chocolate and peppermint.IMG_7296

  • The classic amaro cocktail (usually made with Campari) The Americano
    • 1oz Amaro Sibona
    • 1oz Sweet Vermouth
    • Splash Club Soda
    • 1 Orange Peel
      • Build all ingredients over ice. Garnish with an orange peel.

Fernet-Branca $30.99 – very bitter with mint and eucalyptus notes, this amaro is perfect for late night sipping or after dinner. Don’t overdo it with this enhanced-buzz-7126-1383947162-5amaro, its flavor and alcohol pack a punch!

  • The Hanky Panky
    • 1.5oz Gin
    • 1.5oz Sweet Vermouth
    • 2 Dashes Frenet Branca
    • 1 Orange Peel
      • Stir together and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange peel.

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