Amari (literally "bitter" in Italian) are liqueurs (sweetened liquors) that have been bittered and flavored with botanicals. As for the base spirit, well, anything is game: neutral corn spirit, cane distillate, Everclear (popular among home-brewers), even wine. Same goes for the botanical blends — most amari have upwards of 30 botanical ingredients...

Italy, and its spirits, in the Olympus of wine stars – and not only -. This is what was obtained by Distillaria Nonino, which on January 27, 2020 was awarded the Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Awards, the most important international Wine & Spirits award, in the section that belongs to it, or “Spirit Brand / Distiller of the Year 2019”. An award that ma...

At the end of a meal, you may reach for a glass of scotch or cup of coffee, but according to some bartenders, what you should be reaching for is an amaro. The Italian category of liqueurs (the word means “bitter” in Italian) is wide ranging, and while they’re often served on their own, they also make for great cocktails. Amari have a long history....

Back before the American renaissance of amaro and digestifs made the after-dinner drinks de rigueur, Samantha Kincaid and Jon Nodler would finish a meal at their favorite restaurant with a little glass of house-made nocino. Years later, using walnuts they handpicked from a nearby farm, the celebrated chefs made their own big batch of the liqueur, w...

Because Thanksgiving is a holiday completely dedicated to the act of eating a gigantic meal, it’s an excellent time to begin familiarizing yourself with the wonderful, stomach-soothing tradition of digestivi. Italian dinners often conclude with this final beverage course, starring a subset of bitter herbal liqueurs known as amari. These flavorful q...

Dante, one of Greenwich Village’s most beloved stomping grounds, has undergone a transformation 104 years in the making. Its latest incarnation: the world’s best bar. Last night, the 50 World’s Best Bars—which is part of a group that also releases the popular (if at times controversial) 50 World’s Best Restaurants list—revealed its winners in Londo...

My youth was aperitif-free. It was the 1970s and we concentrated on discos, warm beer on the beach, pizza, sleepless nights with friends and a bottle — or more — of cheap wine. We weren’t fussy. Aperitivi — a ritual pre-dinner drink to begin the evening’s imbibing — was for old people: my parents, uncles and aunts, and on holidays, mostly. But when...

It's rare in the booze world for a category to be defined by purpose rather than production, as amaro is, but it's this fact that really speaks to the magic of it. Devilishly difficult to pin down, an amaro is, broadly speaking, a bittersweet herbal liqueur. The word amaro is Italian for "bitter" and the best known examples of the category hail fro...

What's the best way to kick off summer like an Italian? Just chill and drink Negroni. Luckily for you, Negroni Week at Eataly Los Angeles is coming soon! From June 24 to 30, Eataly Los Angeles will be a mecca for lovers of the classic Italian cocktail as we participate in the national campaign, which raises money for charitable organizations in the...

Invented in Florence in 1919, Negroni is considered to be one of the most famous Italian cocktails in the world. It was named after his inventor, Count Negroni, who asked to add a touch of gin rather than soda to his Americano, in honor of his last trip to London. This is said to have taken place at Cafe Casoni in Florence.   Here’s how you make it...