There has been a recent interest in Amaro. The word literally means “bitter” in Italian and represents a group of herbal liqueurs. Amaros come from numerous proprietary recipes and are compounded blends of various herbs and bittering agents. Typically Amaros are consumed as either an aperitif before a meal or as a digestif after a meal. In recent history bartenders have embraced Amaro as ingredients in cocktails such as the classic Negroni. Today we share with you the Miss Scarlet which uses Cynar Amaro paired to gin. Cynar is a bittersweet liqueur with a base of artichoke and a secret blend of 13 different herbs. It marries wonderfully to the gin and is a worthy addition to your repertoire of cocktails.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice add:
- 1½ Ounces London Dry Gin
- ½ Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
- ¼ Ounce Cynar
- ¾ Ounce Grenadine
- 1 Dash Angostura Bitters
Shake with ice until painfully cold. Strain into a chilled martini saucer. Garnish with a wedge of lime.