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Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Spirits Jun 11, 2014

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.

Where to Buy: Don Ciccio & Figli's new Amaro del Sirene can be found at 1 West Dupont Circle, Batch 13, Schneider's of Capitol Hill, Ace Beverage and MacArthur Beverages. Chinotto, a bitter orange Italian soda, is available at Balducci's and many Italian markets.


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Tested size: 1 servings

  • Cracked ice
  • 1 ounce Amaro delle Sirene or other strongly bitter amaro (see headnote)
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces chinotto bitter orange soda
  • Orange wheel, for garnish


Fill a rocks glass with the ice. Add the amaro and vodka. Top with the bitter orange soda.

Garnish with the orange wheel.

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Adapted from Francesco Amodeo, founder of Don Ciccio & Figli.

Tested by M. Carrie Allan.

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