Bitters - Herb liqueur
Bitters (amaro in Italian) are flavoured liqueurs, characterized by a bitter taste, obtained from the infusion and the distillation of natural herbs and plants. They can be drunk as aperitif or digestif and are often appreciated for their medicinal properties.
Bitters are also used in the preparation of many cocktails and long drinks.
Italy produces some of the most famous bitters (amari) in the world, such as amaro montenegro, amaro averna, campari, china martini, fernet branca, amaro lucano, amaro ramazzotti, and many others.
Ebo Lebo is a liqueur with a pleasantly bitter tast. Ebo Lebo, in the dialect of Gressoney, is the name of the Achillea yarrow, an alpine plant known since ancient times for its digestive and toning properties.
Alpestre is a herb liqueur, with a pleasant and flavoured taste. It has tonic and relaxing properties. It can be drunk either pure as a digestif, on the rocks as a refreshing drink, in a punch as a relaxing drink, or in a coffee.
Its full and smooth taste is the main ingredient of the success of Amaro Averna, still produced today according to an old recipe from 1868.
Amaro Braulio comes from Bormio, in the Italian Alps. This land is not very well suited for Vineyards, but it is rich of herbs and flowers. It is thanks to them that Amaro Braulio has been created in 1875.
Amaro Lucano is produced according to an old secret recipe. It is made of some medicinal plants which give it a full and aromatic taste. It can be served pure, with ice or hot.
Amaro Montenegro, the "liqueur of virtuous people", has been created in 1885 and is the result of the long and passionate researches of a famous distiller and herbalist from Bologna called Stanislao Cobianchi. The name "Montenegro" is a tribute to the beautiful princess Elena di Montenegro engaged to Vittorio Emanuele III.
Ramazzotti Amaro is a delicious natural liquor made from a traditional blend of roots, herbs, orange peel and anise. It can be enjoyed straight, on the rocks, or with club soda with a twist.
Amaro San Simone is an Italian bitter liqueur. Its name derives from a monk community that was located in Turin in the 16th century. The liqueur is made of specially selected herbs. Besides its valuable active medicinal qualities, the bitter has a pleasant taste, ranging from sweet to bitter, and a delicate unmistakeable aroma.
Aperol was created in 1919 in Padova following an idea of the Brothers Barbieri company. The novelty lies in offering an aperitif with a only 11 degree alcohol content. Aperol is made according to a secret recipe containing bitter orangers, cinchona, gentian, rhubarb and other herbs and roots.
This herbal liqueur is a bitter mixture of 20 types of Alpine flowers, roots and herbs. With the help of specific process of distillation and infusion (brewing), the principle aroma and digestive qualities are extracted from herbs, enriching the liqueur and making it an exquisite after-meal drink.