Saturday, August 8, 2020

What do I do with Amaro?

Dear Clerkmanifesto:

I recently read your two comprehensive posts about Amaro, the unusual bittersweet herbal Italian Liqueurs. And though your first post turned out to not really be about Amaro at all, and your second post was kind of confusing, I was extremely intrigued by your tasting notes of crushed butterfly wings, barnyard fruits, and fairy pee. So I bought $600 worth of Amaro!

What do I do with it?

I'll take my answer off blog.


Charles Fenimore Alabaster Cohen

Dear Chuck:

Welcome to the wonderful world of Amaro! Now that you have $600 worth of Amaro (I hope it's not all Campari) you wonder what to do with it.

Drink it! Oh boy, drink it up!

Lucky you.

It is all good neat, but I prefer it over ice seeing as some Amaro it pretty thick, plus it's Summer. I currently have a bottle of Amaro Meletti and I mix it with sparkling water over ice. It tastes a lot like what a rum and coke has always dreamed wild impossible dreams of being.

Amaro mixed with equal parts Sweet Vermouth and Gin usually works (and when the Amaro is Campari it is the great classic cocktail The Negroni). You can also try most Amaro mixed with Prosecco and a splash of soda water (a Spritz).

I trust your judgement.

And thanks for writing in. I was keen to answer this question, but I hated to presume.

F. Calypso



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