One of my favorite things about living in Italy were the long, drawn-out Sunday lunches. Post pranzo, I always indulged in a sip or two or three of an amaro, bittersweet liqueur, a.k.a. digestivo. Post-amaro, nothing was more delightful than settling in for a nap, only to awaken in the early evening for a lovely passegiata around Rome's historic heart. Ahhhh...la dolce vita.
The European tradition of making bittersweet liqueurs--called amari in Italian--has been around for centuries. But it is only recently that these herbaceous digestifs have moved from the dusty back bar to center stage in the United States, and become a key ingredient on cocktail lists in the country’s best bars and restaurants. Lucky for us, today there is a dizzying range of amaro available—from familiar favorites like Averna and Fernet-Branca, to the growing category of regional, American-made amaro.
Amaro unveils the secrets and stories behind amari. This makes the perfect gift for the cocktail enthusiast in your life, or anyone who, like me, appreciates an amaro on occasion. Brad Thomas Parsons—author of the James Beard and IACP Award–winner Bitters—takes the reader on a voyage through Italy's bittersweet history and cultura via amari. More than 100 recipes for amaro-centric cocktails, DIY amaro, and even amaro-spiced desserts make this a book that actively brings the amaro into your life and home. Really it's just a good excuse to head to your local liquor store and discover amari while also indulging in a bit of history and culture as you indulge in this small facet of la dolce vita.
Check out Amaro by Brad Thomas Parsons, available today at your local independent bookstore or library.