Zucca Sprezzatura (Amaro and Scotch Highball) Recipe

More interesting than your typical Scotch and soda. 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.

Recipe Facts

Active: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 2 servings

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  • 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)

  • Lemon twist, for garnish


  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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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
204 Calories
0g Fat
25g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 204
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 14mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 12mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)