The Embittered Garibaldi at Barnacle Bar
Renee Erickson’s miniscule amaro mecca (over 40 types!) offers a cocktail for purists: dual amari—alpine-style Braulio and sweet-subtle Montenegro—a hit of salt, and a lemon twist.
Nasty Woman at Artusi
Amaro’s stateside popularity means a new crop of domestic variants. At Spinasse’s sibling aperitivo bar, Fernet Francisco spins its botanical web alongside gin and vermouth.
Old Soul at Rob Roy
Not all fernets are as brazen as Branca. Milder Jelinek Fernet relaxes into Old Granddad bourbon and Genepy for that rarest of creatures—the mellow amaro cocktail.
La Basilicata at Foreign National
Amari intensify in rye’s spicy presence. Cynar, Amaro del Capo, and Rittenhouse rye are game for this impassioned argument.
Amaro Mule at Herb and Bitter Public House
Broadway’s amarocentric bar tweaks a moscow mule: Seattle-made Brovo Amaro No. 4 replaces vodka for a cocktail that can—as is these Old World digestivis’ wont—masquerade as healthful tonic.