10 Amaro Cocktails to Try

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.

Averna amaro

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 caramely, here are the amaros 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 1-4.

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

And now…the top amaro cocktails!

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Black manhattan

Amaro Cocktails: Black Manhattan & More!


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

Description

Try the Black Manhattan cocktail! This recipe swaps in Italian amaro for a drink that’s even more sophisticated—and tasty—than the original. 


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) Italian amaro, like Averna
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • For the garnish: Cocktail cherry or Luxardo cherry

Instructions

  1. Combine the whiskey, amaro and bitters in a cocktail mixing glass (or any other type of glass). Fill the mixing glass with 1 handful ice and stir continuously for 30 seconds.
  2. Strain into a coupe or cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry and serve.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Amaro cocktails

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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