Ramazzotti Amaro (Italy)
Spirits - Liqueurs $27.99 (750mL)
Amaro (meaning "bitter" in Italian, plural Amari) is a variety of Italian herbal liqueur, commonly drunk as an after-dinner digestif. It is usually bitter and sweet, sometimes syrupy, usually with an alcohol content between 16% and 35%. Amari are typically produced by macerating herbs, roots, flowers, bark, and/or citrus peels in alcohol, either neutral spirits or wine, mixing the filtrate with sugar syrup, and allowing the mixture to age in casks or in bottle.
Created in 1815 by Ausano Ramazzotti, Ramazzotti Amaro Liqueur is Italy's first bitter liqueur. However, Ramazzotti didn't gain popularity until 1848, when Ausano opened a bar near the La Scala opera theatre, and started serving his amaro instead of coffee.
Ramazzotti Amaro Liqueur continues to be produced in accordance with the original recipe created almost 200 years ago - a recipe known by only three people. Ramazzotti gains its distinctive flavor from thirty-three carefully selected herbs and spices, although notes of orange peel, cardamom, myrrh, galangal and cinnamon are the most pronounced.