Posted On: July 28, 2016
Move over Campari and Averna: there are some new kids in town. American distillers–from Leopold Bros. to St. George Spirits–are making some amazing amari and aperitivi that may be inspired by French and Italian bottles, but definitely have the distiller’s unique stamp. Sip them neat or on the rocks, or use them as a moderating cocktail component.
By Megan Krigbaum
Spurred by the rising popularity of brands like Fernet Branca and Campari, over the last several years there’s been a mini-boom of American-made bitter liqueurs modeled after classic amari, and bitter aperitivi, many of which are unlike anything you might find in Italy.
In order to get a feel for how these American bitter liqueurs stack up against their Italian counterparts, we tasted nearly 20 American renditions of aperitivi, amari and fernet. Here, the top bottles from our tasting, the stories behind them and what they taste like. Read the entire article on Punch.