Amaros (and digestifs)

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i had everclear one night in my life. Never again.

Yerac, Saturday, 21 March 2020 19:43 (ten months ago) link

A good and relatively simple Montenegro cocktail is the Cobble Hill:

2 oz rye
0.5 oz dry vermouth
0.5 oz Montenegro

Muddle a couple of cucumber slices in the mixing glass, add other ingredients, and stir with ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.

jaymc, Saturday, 21 March 2020 21:25 (ten months ago) link

love cucumber in cocktails.

Yerac, Saturday, 21 March 2020 21:33 (ten months ago) link

I'll give that a go -- bought a cucumber this afternoon. (Every other salad ingredient was sold out, but an onion-cucumber salad is fine by me.)

Miami weisse (WmC), Saturday, 21 March 2020 22:51 (ten months ago) link

cucumber and whiskey seems very unintuitive to me, meaning... I'll have to try it!

absolute idiot liar uneducated person (mh), Sunday, 22 March 2020 02:11 (ten months ago) link

Yeah, somehow it works! Also, maybe this is obvious, but the cucumber is strained out of the cocktail. So you're just getting a subtle note of it.

jaymc, Sunday, 22 March 2020 02:17 (ten months ago) link

there's a pizzeria near me that has Elisir Novasalus on the menu and I'll often have one if I end up there for a late lunch. It's pretty crazy.

El Tomboto, Sunday, 22 March 2020 02:30 (ten months ago) link

four months pass...

Drinking this: https://www.cocchi.it/en/wines/dopo-teatro-vermouth-amaro/

It's described as a "vermouth amaro" and I guess that's pretty accurate. Reminds me of Bonal, and I haven't had Punt E Mes but I read someone say it tastes similar. Anyway, it's pretty nice straight over ice.

mise róna (seandalai), Friday, 7 August 2020 22:52 (five months ago) link

those vermouth amaro things are funny b/c i feel like they're all separated from regular sweet vermouth by a few degrees of bitterness at best. yet i have ruined a cocktail or two using one of them as a straight replacement for a normal sweet vermouth.

call all destroyer, Saturday, 8 August 2020 01:01 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

mmm unexpectedly found a bottle of Amaro Lucano at a store I don't usually go to, drinking some on rocks now

sleeve, Wednesday, 26 August 2020 03:20 (five months ago) link

four weeks pass...

Prompted/inspired by erstwhilXor Tep, I've been infusing amari with coconut. I have a large tub of unrefined, very coconutty coconut oil that I wasn't sure what to do with, and this works perfectly. I did some Campari first. A Jungle Bird with pineapple rum and coconut Campari is some good-ass drinking, let me tell you.

Now I've moved on to Amaro di Angostura, which I infused for 3 days and strained this morning. The amaro is delicious, not coconutty until the swallow and then BAM, and will pair up well with rum; but what I'm really looking forward to is the banana bread I'm going to make with Angostura-infused coconut oil instead of vegetable oil.

(show hidden tics) (WmC), Thursday, 24 September 2020 16:37 (four months ago) link

what ratio of oil to campari did you use?

call all destroyer, Thursday, 24 September 2020 17:36 (four months ago) link

About 1:3 or 1:4, 3 days of infusing. I put the jar in the oven on Bread Proof setting for about 30 minutes at first so the oil would liquefy and gave it a swirl several times a day. Since then the weather has gotten cold, but I'm not sure if that will slow the flavor transfer on future batches.

(show hidden tics) (WmC), Thursday, 24 September 2020 17:44 (four months ago) link

two months pass...

holy shit y'all

https://www.drinkhacker.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Amaro-tosolini.jpg

the description there doesn't do it justice imo, yes it has a straightforward cola/root beer nose but tasting is is wildly complicated, some fernet minty stuff going on, some of that toasted butter flavor, and something I can't identify that's nut-like? pretty bitter as well, I'm enchanted.

howls of non-specificity (sleeve), Wednesday, 16 December 2020 02:25 (one month ago) link

looking for recipes led me to this fascinating page, sending up the bat-signal for WmC

https://inuakena.com/spirit-reviews/amaro-103-advanced-amari/

howls of non-specificity (sleeve), Wednesday, 16 December 2020 02:29 (one month ago) link

Oh yeah, the Amaro 101-102-103-104 pages have been a great resource for me. Another good roundup is at Kindred Cocktails — https://kindredcocktails.com/info/amaro

Tosolini sounds good, I might look for that on my next trip to Buster's in Memphis. I lost my mind the first time I went in there, spent 300 bucks before I realized what was happening. Turns out Memphis's liquor stores have Atlanta's totally beat.

Motoroller Scampotron (WmC), Wednesday, 16 December 2020 03:13 (one month ago) link

i've never seen tosolini here but maybe i'll do a couple of more careful searches.

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 16 December 2020 03:15 (one month ago) link

I've been drinking a lot of 50:50 amaro/vermouth mixes - I guess that would be Milano-Torino riffs? Nice and light.

timber euros (seandalai), Wednesday, 16 December 2020 15:25 (one month ago) link


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