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Amaro Addict Heather Perkins Doesn’t Plan to Open That Bottle of Malort Any Time Soon

Amaro Addict Heather Perkins Doesn’t Plan to Open That Bottle of Malort Any Time Soon

Amaro flows freely at acclaimed Pittsburgh restaurant DiAnoia’s Eatery. Heather Perkins, amaro aficionada and DiAnoia’s bar manager, serves over 20 different types of the bitter Italian herbal liqueur. She describes the subtle Montenegro as a “gateway” amaro, and says the dark and rich Amaro Sibilla is the perfect way to “wrap up a meal.” DiAnoia’s […]

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These Chicago Bartenders Will Build the $100,000 Home Bar of Your Dreams

These Chicago Bartenders Will Build the $100,000 Home Bar of Your Dreams

The billionaire art collector was a regular at Billy Sunday, a hip amaro-based cocktail bar in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. He was dazzled every time he drank its intriguing cocktails, many made with vintage ingredients and obscure amari. Hmmm, he thought, wouldn’t it be swell to have this great of a cocktail bar right there […]

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The Difference Between Campari and Aperol, Explained

The Difference Between Campari and Aperol, Explained

Double IPAs. Black coffee. Kale salad. Our taste in food and drink seems to be getting rather, well, bitter these days. But that’s a good thing, especially when it comes to appreciating the delights of acerbic apéritifs like Aperol and Campari. Traditionally consumed to stimulate the palate before eating, apéritifs — or aperitivos in local […]

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The 14 Most Popular Herbs and Botanicals in Amaro, Explained

The 14 Most Popular Herbs and Botanicals in Amaro, Explained

Popular among bartenders, Italians, and herbalists, the amaro category spans cherry-red Campari, bitterly black Fernet Branca, and grappa-based Nonino. Amari, the word in plural form, are used to add character and flair to cocktails, or as aperitifs or digestifs. The exact ingredients and proportions of these botanically-infused liqueurs are jealously guarded. Amaro makers boast about the […]

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Underbelly’s Westin Galleymore Would Kill Negronis ‘Mercifully’

Underbelly’s Westin Galleymore Would Kill Negronis ‘Mercifully’

Underbelly, a globe-trotting Houston restaurant that earned chef Chris Shepherd two James Beard Awards, is in the midst of major changes. Last fall, it introduced its first-ever cocktail program. Spirits director Westin Galleymore began creating ambitious menus that change frequently, riff on classics, and feature seasonal produce like winter satsumas. ”People want to drink darker, […]

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We Asked 9 Bartenders: What’s the Most Versatile Bottle in Your Arsenal?

We Asked 9 Bartenders: What’s the Most Versatile Bottle in Your Arsenal?

If you take a look behind any bar in America, you’re bound to find a variety of liquors both familiar (hello, whiskey) and unusual. But what about the workhorse bottles that bartenders reach for again and again? We asked nine bartenders from West Hollywood to Nashville to tell us about their ”Swiss Army knife” bottles, […]

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What is Amaro? 7 Bottles to Get You Started

What is Amaro? 7 Bottles to Get You Started

We’ve all seen it before, scattered throughout cocktail menus and hanging out in the after-dinner drink section on wine lists, yet many of us are still wondering: What the hell is amaro? Meaning “bitter” in Italian, amari are herbal liqueurs from Italy that have a sweetly bitter flavor and sometimes syrup-like texture. With ABVs anywhere from […]

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