Zucca Sprezzatura (Amaro and Scotch Highball)

More interesting than your typical Scotch and soda. [Photograph: Elana Lepkowski]

Rabarbaro Zucca Amaro, or 'Zucca' for short, leans toward the sweeter end of the bitter amaro spectrum, with a slightly smoky, earthy flavor that is the perfect companion for a little Scotch. Refreshing bitter lemon soda and grapefruit bitters lighten up the drink, making it easy to enjoy in hot weather.

Note: If you can't find bitter lemon soda, mix 1 part freshly squeezed lemon juice to 1-1/3 parts tonic. Go with a blended Scotch here that's not very peaty.

Zucca Sprezzatura (Amaro and Scotch Highball)

About This Recipe

Yield:Makes 2 cocktails
Active time:5 minutes
Total time:5 minutes
This recipe appears in: A More Complex Scotch and Soda: Zucca Sprezzatura


  • 2 ounces Rabarbaro Zucca Amaro
  • 1 1/2 ounces Scotch, such as Great King St. Artist’s Blend
  • 4 dashes grapefruit bitters
  • 6 ounces bitter lemon soda, such as Fever Tree (see note above)
  • Lemon twist, for garnish


  1. 1

    In a mixing glass half full of ice, stir together Zucca, Scotch, and bitters until chilled, about 20 seconds. Add soda to mixing glass and give one gentle stir. Strain, dividing between two highball glasses filled with ice. Garnish with lemon twist and serve immediately.

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