Have You Tried Amaro Yet?
Fri, 10/23/2020 - 12:01pm by mbt
A couple of years ago a friend introduced me to amaro. At the time I had never heard of it and no one I knew was drinking it. Now? Pre-pandemic I was able to have a flight of amaros at two Ann Arbor restaurants and stores have begun stocking a variety of choices. So just what is Amaro and why is becoming the new thing?
The introduction in Amaro: The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Herbal Liqueurs with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas by Brad Thomas Parsons made me laugh as he describes his experience in a small Seattle bar known for its apertifs. The description of a couple ordering V&T's when the opportunity to experience something new and different is priceless. That alone will make you love the world of Amaro that Parsons takes you into.
Amari, yes the plural of Amaro, is hard to describe. Amaro is Italian for bitter and that is about the only thing definite when comparing varieties. When friends ask me what Amaro is I usually respond “a nice nightcap”, but for many others it is the key ingredient in a variety of cocktails. Known as an after-dinner digestif, amaro is a herbal liqueur, often bitter, but it is oh, so much more. Read Parsons section Understanding Amaro and you will start to see the complexity of the world of Amaro. Read the entire book and you may start shaking up some tasty cocktails at your next social distancing, outdoor gathering. Or, like me, you may just be making your own amaro through the upcoming long winter.