Yesterday, Amaro Montenegro, the award-winning Italian liqueur, hosted its much-anticipated 2019 international cocktail competition, The Vero Bartender, at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. The annual competition crowned Zachary Sapato, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, as the most innovative and talented bartender in the U.S. Amaro Montenegro, a bran...

Leftover wine from that party last eve? Don’t toss it – make these simple Italian cookies instead.  I first came to learn of these wonderful little cookies during a cooking class at Locanda Demetra in Montalcino.  Leftover wine from their dinner the night before was simply mixed with sugar, olive oil and flour to become these very tasty treats.  Th...

Among Italian liqueurs we can find Nocino that is obtained from walnut husks placed in infusion. It is a distillation procedure customary of many European countries that gives a drink with an intense walnut flavour, but which in Italy has a much more remote tradition. From the ancient Romans we have learnt that the British population of the Picts u...

Amaro, Italy’s signature bitter liqueur, is prized for all the barks and herbs that famously aid digestion after a big meal. But the spirit offers much more than its bitter reputation. “Each amaro is made with so many different ingredients—spices, roots, peels, barks, flowers—they have a lot of complexity on their own,” says Joe Campanale, owner an...

In celebration of the world’s favorite Italian liqueur, Disaronno® Day will take place on April 19, 2019 and feature “The Longest Shift,” wherein the global bartending community will create one-of-a-kind cocktails from an exclusive drink list by Disaronno®. Starting at 7.30 p.m., this event will be celebrated in the following time zones and cities...

Italians love to linger at the table, slowly savoring each course from antipasto to primi and secondi. Dessert, dolci, is also enjoyed leisurely and is often served in three parts. First the sweet itself, which is accompanied by a dessert wine; then espresso; and finally an after-dinner drink. “Having an after-dinner drink to aid digestion, a diges...

Yes, I enjoy booze made from artichokes. Cynar (pronounced chee-nar) is an Italian liqueur that can be found in many Pittsburgh bars. It is made from 13 different herbs and plants, but the most notable is the artichoke.  The bittersweet liqueur has been around since the 1950s and it’s actually a relative newcomer into the world of amaros, aka bitte...

Elliot Strathmann has always been a curious person. After studying physics and the liberal arts and sciences in college, he dabbled in finance and considered law school. He worked in restaurants and married a chef. “I don’t satisfy easily,” he said. “But when I dig in, I dig deep.” These days, Strathmann is digging in on amaro. And that’s proven to...

The ISW Award The Meiningers International Spirits Award – ISW is an important German award that – since 2004 – rewards the best spirits. For each edition, an international competition is held, specifically dedicated to spirits, fine spirits and liqueurs from all over the world. The Award Jury is composed of experts, researchers, producers, gastron...

Italy has a territory characterized by a type of vegetation typical of the Mediterranean scrubland area. Since ancient times man has used the products of nature to make drinks that have become part of the local tradition. An example is that of the myrtle of Sardinia, which today is appreciated all over the world. Italian Traditions will lead you on...