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It’s bitter in the boot

It’s bitter in the boot

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Co hosts : Good ol Boy Sparky, Good ol Gal Cary Ann, Good ol Boy Mike, Good ol Gal Julieanna. and Good ol Boy Dave
SIPS  Episode – Warm up those fake Italian accents, we are discussing a cornerstone of Italian beverages with amaro. Italy currently has the market on amaro, so we decided to have an all Italian amaro episode. These 8 products are just a small portion of the diverse amari from Italy. We taste and discuss the following amari:


  1. Amaro Braulio 21% ABV Bormio, Valtellima, Italy.  Campari Group Italy      SIPS-4

Braulio Boulevardier Cocktail

1 oz sweet vermouth

1 oz Braulio

1 oz Rye

1 dash lemon bitters

Lemon twist for garnish

Add ingredients to a mixing glass and stir with ice until well-chilled. Strain into ice-filled rocks glass, garnish with lemon twist and serve.

Recipe courtesy Maggie Hoffman on:


  1. Sibona Amaro 28% ABV Antica Distilleria  Domenico Sibona S.p.A.  Piobesi d’Alba Italy  SIPS-4

The Dark Negroni

1.5 cl gin

1.5 cl dark rum

2.0 cl bitters

2.0 cl vermouth

2.0 cl Sibona Amaro

Pour into an ice-filled Old-Fashioned glass, stir thoroughly and garnish with a slice of orange


Recipe courtesy Distilleria Sibona website:


  1. Luxardo Bitter Bianco 30% ABV  Luxardo Group Torreglia (Padova) Italy.  SIPS-4

Capputivo Cocktail

3/4 oz Luxardo Bitter Bianco

¾ oz coffee liquor

¾ oz Cynar

¾ oz Fernet-Branca

¼ oz lemon juice

Garnish: lemon twist


Combine all ingredients except the egg white in a mixing tin and shake with ice.

Strain the liquid into one half of the mixing tin to remove the ice.

Add the egg white and dry shake.

Double strain into a coffee cup or coupe.

Garnish with a lemon twist.

Recipe Courtesy Edward Hansel Punch online magazine


  1. Alice Amaro d’Erbe ‘Nina’ 30% ABV Le Vigne di Alice srl Vittorio, Veneto Italy  SIPS- 5

Cannot find a cocktail suitable for this one.  Best served chilled or with an ice cube according to Brad Thomas Parsons in his book- Amaro- the spirited world of bittersweet herbal liqueurs


  1. Punch Fantasia 35% ABV Distilleria Varnelli Pievebovigliana Muccia Italy. SIPS-4

Martinica  recipe

1 oz Punch Fantasia

¾ oz apricot brandy

2 tbsp cane sugar

¾ oz partly whipped cream

Heat first 3 ingredients and pour into a hot drink glass.  Garnish with a layer of partly whipped cream.

Courtesy of the Varnelli website


  1. Amaro Lucano 28%ABV  – Lucano 1894 S.R.L Pisticci Scalo Italy  SIPS-3

Smithstreeter cocktail

  • 1 oz rye whiskey
  • 3⁄4 oz Amaro Lucano
  • 1⁄2 oz cold-brew coffee
  • 1⁄4 oz Demerara syrup
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • tonic water
  • lemon twist to garnish

Combine the rye, Amaro Lucano, cold-brew coffee, Demerara syrup and orange bitters in a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir until chilled and strain into a highball glass filled with crushed ice. Top off with tonic water. Add more crushed ice if needed. Garnish with the lemon twist.

Courtesy Brad Thomas Parsons on the website Tales of the Cocktail


  1. Averna Amaro Siciliano 29% ABV Averna Group Caltanisetta Sicily SIPS-4

The Revelator Cocktail






  • Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice.
  • Stir for at least 20 seconds to release the beans’ oils, then strain into a coupe.
  • Garnish with a flamed orange peel.

Courtesy Keith Waldbauer on Supercall website


  1. Amaro dell’Etna 29% ABV Agrosan Sicilia S.R.L. SIPS-3

Mountain of Fire

1.5 oz Amaro dell’Etna

0.75 oz Old Overholt rye whiskey

0.75 oz Contratto American Rosso

Pinch of salt

Grapefruit oil

Stir all ingredients over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

Courtesy Jessica Bowne at Robb Report online
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