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These amaro cocktails are the best ways to mix up this family of Italian bitter liqueurs! Try them all, from classic drinks to modern spins.

Amaro cocktails

Got a bottle of amaro, or need an excuse to grab one? Amaro is trending: and it’s got no where to go but up! Amaro or amari (plural) refers to a family of Italian herbal liqueurs that taste bitter. In fact, amaro means bitter in Italian. This family encompasses a wide range of spirits: Campari on one end, Aperol in the middle, and hundreds of varieties in between. Your local liquor store should stock a range of amari, each with different flavor profiles.

Here are the best must-try amaro cocktails to mix up with a bottle! From bright red and citrusy to brown and caramelly, here are the amari represented in the cocktail list below! Each cocktail includes a brief definition of tasting notes for each type. You can interchange any of the brown, bittersweet amaro types of items 1-6.

  1. Amaro Averna
  2. Amaro Meletti
  3. Amaro Nonino Quintessentia
  4. Amaro Montenegro
  5. Amaro Tosolini
  6. Cynar
  7. Fernet Branca
  8. Campari
  9. Aperol

And now…the top amaro cocktails!

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Amaro spritz

15 Amaro Cocktails to Try

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Use the classic spritz ratio of 3-2-1 to make a bubbly Amaro spritz cocktail! It works with any Italian bitter: try dark, sweet Meletti for its caramel notes.


  • 2 ounces* amaro (like Meletti or Cynar), chilled
  • 3 ounces Prosecco or other sparkling wine, chilled
  • 1 ounce  soda water
  • Ice (try clear ice!)
  • For the garnish: lemon wedge


  1. Add the amaro to a glass filled with ice and stir. Top with the sparkling wine and soda water.
  2. Squeeze in the lemon wedge and stir gently, then serve. Serve with a straw to minimize dilution.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

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Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Nice collection! You neglected to mention that the Paper Plane is actually a double amaro whammy, with Nonino AND Aperol.