'averna' on Serious Eats

Penny Farthing

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. More

The Spice of Life

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. More

Averna Buena

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. More

Averna, Averna Everywhere

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. More

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