Amaro is bitter, complex and delicious. You can even make your own. Once you score a bottle (we’re keen on the variety offered locally from Don Ciccio & Figli), mix up one of these cocktails from the Recipe Finder. Cheers.

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Ugo. Excellent for warm evenings.

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Paper Plane. The recipe is easy to remember, so you can mix up a few rounds.

An English Country Garden. This one gets a refreshing minty pea syrup.

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Elysium. Although it has bitter amaro and coffee, the drink is sweet and slightly syrupy.

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Brooklyn. A rye-forward blend with dry vermouth and maraschino liqueur.