Amaro, Ti Amo: Italian herbal liqueurs for sipping and cocktails

May 22, 2015 1490

by W. Blake Gray

We don't think of spirits as having terroir. Amari are a big exception.  "Amaro" means "bitter" in Italian. These traditional spirits, flavored by roots and herbs, are drunk at the end of a meal in Italy to aid the digestion.

For a long time in the U.S., an Italian restaurant might keep a single dusty bottle in the far reaches of the back bar. But U.S. bartenders have discovered amaro, and some people (count me in) are justifiably passionate.

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