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 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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Black manhattan

Amaro Cocktails: Black Manhattan & More!

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


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


  • 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


  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
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Amaro cocktails

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Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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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.