Amaro: The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Herbal Liqueurs, with Cocktails, Recipes and Formulas


If you’re not already convinced of an amaro’s restorative properties, you may be after reading Amaro: The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Herbal Liqueurs. In his follow up to Bitters, author Brad Thomas Parsons details the varied styles, from the bracing Fernet category to brighter aperitivi like Aperol and Campari, as well as the many distinctive bottlings now coming out of the US. Written in Parson’s trademark brisk, engaging style, the cocktail section may inspire you to experiment at home or to plan a field trip a to specialist bar like Barnacle in Seattle or Chicago’s Billy Sunday, where bartenders are taking amari far beyond the after dinner drink notion.

Amaro: The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Herbal Liqueurs, with Cocktails, Recipes and Formulas, by Brad Thomas Parsons (Ten Speed Press, October 2016; $26)

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