Smoky mezcal is a wonderful pairing for elderflower and ginger liqueurs in this frothy egg-enriched cocktail.
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This bourbon sour has a nice bitter bite from the Averna to balance the sweetness of the apricot liqueur.
Much as he loves the smoky flavor of peated scotch, Lane acknowledges that an entire cocktail made with it is pretty aggressive. To avoid having that smoke be all you can taste, Lane cuts the flavor with a bit of spicy rye.
Fresh summer berries are muddled with little simple syrup to enhance their sweetness, then paired with rye whiskey to give the drink a little pep.
Amaro is just a general name for a bitter, herbal liqueur traditionally served after a meal.
This lightly sweet and butterscotch-like cocktail (name after the original bicycle with the large front wheel) is made with Averna, Luxardo Maraschino, and Victoria Gin, a citrusy and herbal gin that's distilled with local ingredients in Victoria, BC. If you can't find Victoria Gin, Beefeater makes a fine substitute.
Amaro adds rich, complex flavor and sweetness to this tangy cranberry cocktail. Be sure to use a less-sweet tonic water, like Q Tonic, for the best balance.
Sometimes a bit of spice in a cocktail is just the right thing to remind you that you're still alive. Here's a simple drink that can be adjusted to suit both those who crave heat, and those who like it a bit more mild. It's dynamite with tequila, but you can also make a smoky version with mezcal or a more herbal version with gin.
The Averna Buena balances a few drops of Godiva chocolate liqueur with the amaro Averna and a hit of reposado tequila. It's a spin on bartender Thomas Waugh's Hierba Buena, which was a finalist in the 2008 Averna cocktail competition.
The Bywater is an original cocktail by Chris Hannah, a bartender at Arnaud's French 75 Bar. Named for the city's Bywater neighborhood, this cocktail matches the vanilla notes of good aged rum with the richness of Averna, an Italian amaro, and is given an elaborate touch through the inclusion of the vibrant herbal Chartreuse and the spicy citrus flavor of falernum, a rum-based Caribbean syrup.
With a recipe dating to the 1860s, Averna is a much different style of bitter spirit than the more familiar Campari. Where Campari is sharp and bright (essential elements for an aperitivo), Averna is deep and rich, with a gentle, slightly sweet bitterness and a full, firm body that makes it great as an after-dinner drink.