Amaro Montenegro is a traditional amaro that dates back to 1885. It’s distilled in Bologna, Italy from more than 40 herbs and spices, and its bittersweet character is accented by orange peels. These days, amari are front and center in many bars and a popular choice when doing shots. And that’s certainly an option here. But we like Montenegro for its mixability, as the botanicals and spices merge nicely with a variety of spirits and mixers.

So below: three Amaro Montenegro cocktails from a couple of New York bartenders. Drink up and stay warm out there.

Ferrovia - amaro montenegro cocktail

FERROVIA (Rob Krueger, NYC)

1.5 oz Amaro Montenegro
.75 oz Vecchio Romagna
.5 oz simple syrup
.75 oz lemon
.5 oz black cherry puree
1 dash mole bitters

Shake with ice, then strain into a coupe.


M&M - amaro montenegro cocktail

M&M (Rob Krueger, NYC)

1.5 oz Amaro Montenegro
1.5 oz Mezcal
1 dash chocolate bitters

Build in a rocks glass with ice and garnish with an orange twist.


A Snowball's Chance - amaro montenegro cocktail


.75 oz Amaro Montenegro
.5 oz cream
.5 oz honey
.5 oz Cherry Heering
.75 oz Applejack

Whip all ingredients. Then pour over crushed ice in a Collins glass and garnish with a cherry.

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