A cocktail for the summer.

For every sunny, summer day that calls for rosé, there’s an another that calls for something more complex, a little bitter, but equally refreshing. On those occasions, I mix up an Italian amaro cocktail made with Averna, some gin, and a bottle of spicy ginger beer.

Italian amaro cocktail — D'estate

D’esate, which roughly translates to “in the summertime,” is the perfect way to describe this gingery, tart, and refreshingly bitter cocktail. Averna Amaro lends a full-bodied, bittersweet finish.

It’s also incredibly easy to make and doesn’t require any special syrups or hard to find ingredients.

Cocktail in a Collins glass

Alright, so here’s how we do it.

Averna Amaro lends a full-bodied, bittersweet finish.

Notes from the kitchen

In a cocktail shaker (here’s my favorite right now), add the gin, amaro, lime juice, sugar, and smashed mint and shake with a few pieces of ice until the shaker is nice and cold. Then, strain the drink into a double rocks glass filled with ice and top with fizzy ginger beer.

The whole thing takes just a few minutes and tastes just different enough to feel unique.

Salute!

What is amaro?

Amari (plural of amaro) are classic Italian digestifs served on the rocks, neat or in cocktails. Most know Campari, but the herbal-based Averna is another solid amaro that belongs in your cocktails.

Amaro cocktails with barware

How to use Averna?

Created in 1868 in Sicily, Averna is made from herbs, roots, and citrus giving it a mild bitterness that adds depth to any cocktail. Or, try with a splash of soda water with a slice of orange.

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Italian amaro cocktail — D'estate
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Italian Amaro Cocktail — D'estate

D’esate, which roughly translates to “in the summertime,” is the perfect way to describe this gingery, tart, and refreshingly bitter cocktail. Averna Amaro lends a full-bodied, bittersweet finish.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 204kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 fl oz gin
  • 1 fl oz Averna amaro
  • 1 fl oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 1 sprig fresh mint smacked between your hands
  • 3 fl oz ginger beer
  • Garnish: 1 sprig of fresh mint

Instructions

  • In a shaker, add the gin, amaro, lime juice, sugar, and mint and shake with a few pieces of ice. Strain into a double rocks glass filled with ice.
  • Top with ginger beer and garnish with a fresh sprig of mint.

Nutrition

Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Sodium: 7mg | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin C: 4.6mg

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