If you want a single emblem to describe one country, it would be very difficult to put up forth one country; that is Italy. You will get confused what to mention and what not. If you talk about the monuments and artifacts only, you are not talking about true Italy. You are just holding the past to others. To bring out evergreen Italy, you need to talk about their culture, their rigorous past, the incredible artifacts, and obviously, Italian cuisine and Italian drinks. How can you forget pizza, pasta, lasagna, focaccia, bruschetta and so on? And when it comes to the most authentic Italian drinks, Amari and Prosecco will take top place on the list. If your aim is to enjoy a piece of Italy in your country, you should look for an Italian restaurant, order authentic Italian food along with a glass of Amari and enjoy the evening alone or with your friends.
Amari The Traditional Drink of Italy
As soon as the secret of distillation and infusion were revealed to the European country from the Arab, the beginning of producing Amari starts from that day. Primarily, in the medieval Europe, elixirs were produced by the alchemist who claimed to turn anything into gold. The skills of alchemists become mythical of turning objects into gold, but the elixirs come from their skilled brain created history in the world. In the beginning, these elixirs were used as medicines in the ancient Rome. Actually, when alchemist found that no elixirs have the magical quality to make turn objects into gold, they started to promote these as the medicines that can prolong life. Though it was an exaggeration, Amari really used as medicines of indigestion and other health issues. It became so popular that elixirs were made in several monasteries at that time. At that time, plant roots, fruits, etc. were used to make elixirs, and one of the popular elixirs, made in this process is known as Amari. Amari was first produced in the 1800s for commercial use. Initially, the process of making Amari was kept secret by many producers. Take the example of Fernet whose formula is still hidden from the eyes of the world.
The Procedure of Making Amari
To make this authentic and traditional Italian liquor, certain special methods are followed. Basically, the ingredients that are used to produce Amari are
- Aromatic herbs
- Rind of citrus fruits
The main method of making Amari is soaking and then infusion in different temperature. Initially, the alcohol is kept chilled, and later it becomes hot. The other important ingredients, used in Amari are sugar, honey, and caramel to bring the sweetness into the drink. Initially, amari tastes bitter but increasing the portion of sugar or honey; it can be given a bitter sweetish taste.
Famous Types of Amari to Win Hearts
Amari is recommended to have after or with dinner. It is an Italian drink that is made up of carminative herbs. Do you know how Amari is also beneficial to your health? Actually, carminative herbs include angelica, caraway, cinnamon, anise, cardamom, coriander, dill, cumin, eucalyptus, ginger, fennel, lemon balm, garlic, mustard, licorice, marjoram, nutmeg, peppermint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, pennyroyal, spearmint, sage, wormwood, thyme, and wintergreen. All these herbs are used in different types of amari, and it helps the formation of gas in your gut and improves your digestive system. So, if you have a heavy dinner and feel bloated, take small sips of a glass of amari. Usually, along with these herbs, amari contains alcohol, ranging between 16 and 40%. Now, it’s time to know about the varieties of different types of amari available at market
Many of you think it is French, but this is Italian. Again, many people mistake it as a brand name. But, that is also wrong. Fernet is a type of amari. The ingredients, used here, are mainly
- Orange peel
While tasting fernet, you will enjoy the minty bitter taste. The famous ferret brands are
- Fernet Branca
- Amaro Lucano
This is another incredible style of amari that is winning hearts of people from the year 1894 when it was made by mixing 30 herbs together. It is bittersweet to taste, and the color is caramel brown. Its strength is 28% ABV. You can have it neat and chilled. To enjoy it more, you should take ice and orange zest with it. Basically, Amaro Lucano can be had after dinner as it works as digestive. You can also use it as the base of the cocktail.
Whenever you visit a reputed bar, you must have seen cynar at the shelf. The bright red label with a green artichoke on it can’t be avoided. But, don’t assume cynar tastes like an artichoke. Apart from fernets, Cynar also tastes quite bitter, but the taste never overshadows other flavors.
- Amaro Averna
If you are looking for a sweeter version of Amari, this variety will definitely blow your mind. This liquor has an amazing taste of almond and citrus with an undertone of licorice. This variety of Amari was first produced in Sicily and considered as the traditional drink. It is one of the major ingredients of cocktail and can be served on rocks or neat. The little herbal bitterness with the sweeter taste creates an amazing combination.
- Amaro Meletti
This Amari variety contains amazing flavor as the flavor of saffron, anise and violet booze your mind completely. The bitterness is subtle, and it is really digestive to have after dinner.
- Amaro Ramazzotti
This is almost like Amaro Averna, but the uniqueness lies in the taste. There is no citrus taste in it. It contains notes of cola, cardamom, citrus, cinnamon, and myrrh. When bottled, it contains 30% of alcohol. Often people mistook it as Coca Cola due to the black color, but the perception will change at once you take the first sip. The blood orange taste will leave a refreshing bitter taste afterward.
- Amaro Ciociaro
While visiting a bar, this must be the first type of Amaro that anyone would like to buy in the first place. The spicy taste along with the common bitterness will give you refreshed feelings. The mixture of plum, winter spices and raisins makes the drink an appropriate after dinner delicacy.
- Amaro Al Tartufo
This variety belongs to the Umbria region of Italy, and this is unique due to the citrusy taste that it leave behind the palate. The taste is so exclusive that you will prefer to have it alone without mixing it with anything. Once you have this amari, you can get addicted to the taste.
- Amaro Montenegro
This comes from Bologna, Italy and it is one of the most traditional amari present in this world. You will be surprised to know that around 40 types of herbs are used to make this one, and the common herbs in it are vanilla and orange peels. The bottles contain 23% of alcohol each. This amari was first appeared in the year 1885 and named after Princess Elena of Montenegro.
- Amaro Sibilla
Amaro Sibilla belongs to Varnelli, Italy. It had made its appearance in the year 1868 with the help of herbalist, Girolamo Varnelli. This variety is the amalgamation of several ingredients, roots, and herbs; some of which are wood fire, pure honey and obviously alcohol. The ingredients, used to make Amaro Sibilla, has to be aged and decanted once all are mixed along. The uniqueness of this amari is that it is still produced in the same traditional way that was followed decades ago.
- Amaro Nonino
This style of Amaro is quite light, and that is its exclusiveness. Along with a great infusion of several herbs, it contains an undertone of the limousine, never and sherry wood. You can enjoy it the best with orange peel and ice.
This variety was originally produced in Milan by Gaspare Campari. Basically, Campari is made of cascarilla bark and also an infusion of the insect, Dactylopius Coccus which gives the drink a blood red color. If you are not sure about having it because of the ‘insect,’ you will be happy to know that maximum brands of present time don’t use that insect, but red dye to make the drink red.
So, here you get several ideas about Amari and its varieties. It is very difficult to enlist all the Amari here as there are numerous varieties. Make your regular family dinner a celebratory one with a magic touch of amari. From the making process to the style of bottling, this traditional Italian drink can blow your mind any time with the refreshing bitter sweet taste that it leaves on the palette. How to describe an authentic Italian evening? An Italian restaurant with the desired date and obviously, Amari on your table! Heavenly bliss!