Amaro is an Italian herbal liquor, traditionally consumed neat as a post-dinner aperitif. It’s been used in cocktails since the pre-prohibition era, and is featured in many vintage and modern classics. Though typically syrupy and slightly bitter, amari vary widely in flavour. Light amari, like the popular Amaro Nonino, are usually clearer in flavour with more citrus notes to balance their inherent bitterness. Medium amari, like Montenegro, Averna, Lucano and Ramazzotti are more evenly balanced but still retain individual characteristics. As it’s difficult to substitute one amaro for another, we typically keep multiple bottles and share them amongst ourselves. The next few posts will showcase some of our favourite cocktails that feature amaro.