Unlike its concentrated cousin, the tincture, amaro is great for sipping on the rocks, with a splash of soda water and an orange wheel or in
boozier tipples like the Campari and gin-based cocktail, Negroni
Still not convinced? Matteson suggested virgin amaro imbibers start with a light refresher called the Americano. No, it’s not the espresso drink, but a low-alcohol, vermouth and amaro-based cocktail, “I’ll make an Americano variation (vermouth, amaro, bitters and club soda) using lighter, more fruit-forward amari, like Amaro Montenegro or Aperol, and juicier vermouths like Carpano Bianco or Cocchi Rosa,” she said.
Matteson recommended these Amor y Amargo favorites to begin your bitter cocktail adventure:
Vecchio Amaro Del Capo: Light, bittersweet. Notes of orange and cinnamon.
Amaro dell'Erborista: Light, delicate, bitter. Notes of honey. Great with club soda and twist of grapefruit.
Fernet Branca: Herbaceous, minty, bitter. Great digestif after a heavy meal.
Learn from local cocktail mixer company 18.21 Bitters how to build a better cocktail with your newly acquired amari collection.
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