Amateurs of the best liquors currently on the market know that famous Fernet Branca Menta, a fresh variation of the original drink which feature 27 herbs and spices from  four different continents. The production of the Fernet Branca dates back to 1845 thanks to the Fratelli Branca Distilleria in Milan, whilst its aromatic mint version started to b...

Italian liqueur brand Amaro Montenegro is bringing international travel to consumers in America with a traveling pop-up bar experience, “Bar Monte,” that is targeting food and wine festivals across the country. The scaled-down sampling program is anchored in a tricked-out trailer pulled by a classic wood-paneled vintage Jeep Wagoneer. The tour laun...

Italian aperitivo and digestivo are distinct categories of spirits, with fairly specific uses and characteristics, from colors and flavors to alcoholic strength. Bear in mind that language is slippery and there can be drinks that are considered aperitivi and digestive that don’t necessarily fall into either category. For instance, a Pilsner can ser...

Fernet Branca—the dark, mentholated, Italian elixir that helped popularize amaro culture in the United States—contains zero Italian-sourced ingredients, or at least none that it admits to. In classic amaro tradition, Fratelli Branca maintains tight-lipped secrecy around its recipe, but what we do know is that it is composed of rhubarb from China, g...

Amaro means bitter in Italian, and bitterness is definitely what we'd consider a grown-up taste. When we're young we're pre-disposed to sweet, and we can't bear bitterness on our tongues. However, most of us grow to appreciate bitter things gradually, moving up from dark chocolate and coffee to radicchio and broccoli raab as we mature. An amaro is...

While born in Italy, the habit of having aperitivo with friends to unwind after a day at work, or as a fun preamble to a good dinner in company, has become a worldwide custom. Similarly, what we Italians like to have during an aperitivo – the spritz and the Negroni, the prosecco and the Bellini, all the way to that collection of delicious cured mea...

We all have those quarantine foods—the ones you rely on so heavily that you may never want to taste them again once we’re on the other side of this. It’s all too easy to fall into rote eating habits when we are tethered to our fridges, which is why when we do taste something surprising and good, it’s that much more special. A new flavor that shook...

Its bitter reputation is not only well-deserved but evergreen. Amaro (whose name is indeed the Italian for the adjective bitter) is Italy’s signature liqueur, a spirit that offers much more than its intense taste and syrupy texture. It’s a proper end to every Italian meal, an after-coffee combination of creativity, affability, and tradition. The Be...

It is universally true that Italy is the country of good food, but also of good drinking. In fact, Italy can boast a vast production of liqueurs that is famous all over the world. The tradition of liquor in Italy has deep roots that go back to the Middle-Age, when mixtures of herbs, fruit, alcohol and sugar were used as medicines. There is not prec...

I want to start 2021 on a sweet note. I need something to warm my soul. And who could say no to something sweet? A little Punch Abruzzo will be the perfect way to usher in 2021.  Punch Abruzzo is an Italian liquor that originated in 1907 in Borello, Italy. It was something the town’s mayor, Antonio Evangelista, concocted to keep warm during cold wi...