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Intercontinental 1.000

Julia Ewan - The Washington Post

Mar 19, 2008

It's becoming more common to find an Italian amaro, such as Averna, in a cocktail. An amaro is usually consumed solo after dinner as a digestive. This is different: a unique concoction that balances the richness of cognac with Averna's herbal and bittersweet chocolate flavors plus the fruity aroma and almond notes of maraschino liqueur.

We found Averna at Calvert Woodley Liquors in Northwest (202-966-4400), Schneider's of Capitol Hill (202-543-9300) and Central Liquors downtown (202-737-2800).

Servings: 1
  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces cognac
  • 1 ounce Averna
  • 1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • Orange peel twist, for garnish


Fill a mixing glass two-thirds full with ice. Add the cognac, Averna and maraschino liqueur. Stir vigorously for 30 seconds, then strain into a cocktail (martini) glass. Garnish with the orange peel twist.

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Adapted from Duggan McDonnell of Cantina Bebidas in San Francisco.

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 212

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 7mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 10g 3%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: n/a

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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