Recipe: American amaro

Named for “a very bitter old Italian man sipping amaro and playing cards in Atrani” on the Amalfi Coast, Francesco Amodeo’s bubbly, bittersweet cocktail is friendlier than its nomenclature might suggest. It’s excellent for summer evenings, and it works nicely with other strongly bitter amari (such as Fernet) as well.

Named for “a very bitter old Italian man sipping amaro and playing cards in Atrani” on the Amalfi Coast, Francesco Amodeo’s bubbly, bittersweet cocktail is friendlier than its nomenclature might suggest. It’s excellent for summer evenings, and it works nicely with other strongly bitter amari (such as Fernet) as well.

Chinotto, a bitter orange Italian soda, is available at Balducci’s and many Italian markets.

Adapted from Amodeo, founder of Don Ciccio & Figli.

Ingredients

  • Cracked ice
  • 1 ounce Amaro delle Sirene or other strongly bitter amaro
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces chinotto bitter orange soda
  • Orange wheel, for garnish
Directions: STEP ONE: Fill a rocks glass with the ice. Add the amaro and vodka. Top with the bitter orange soda. STEP TWO: Garnish with the orange wheel.