Summer drinking brings to mind sweet sippers and frozen libations that have the power to cool you down on even the most blazingly hot days. But sometimes we crave something that tastes a little more complicated beyond the classic Margarita or Sangria. In those times, we turn to amaro, which adds a bittersweet depth to drinks like no other ingredient. These seven amaro cocktails are light enough to sip all summer and will change up your warm weather drinking routine.
7 Bittersweet Amaro Cocktails to Drink This Summer
Vibrant, bittersweet and perfectly sour, the Paper Plane checks all of our summery cocktail boxes. New York bartender Sam Ross created this mixture of bourbon, Aperol, lemon juice and Amaro Nonino, a grappa-based digestif that gives this drink a kick.
This simple, two-ingredient cocktail takes zero effort to make, even as the mercury rises. Simply mix Cynar, an herbaceous artichoke-based amaro, with Pellegrino Limonata and enjoy.
In this extra brunchy take on the classic Jungle Bird, we combined tropical blackstrap rum and pineapple juice with Cappelletti Sfumato Rabarbaro, a rhubarb amaro. It’s garnished with a candied bacon strip, just what you’ll need the morning after a blowout beach soiree.
We made the perfect drink if you’re craving that early summer flavor of strawberry rhubarb pie, but we made it even better by adding booze. London Dry gin, Zucca Rabarbaro, dry vermouth and lemon juice get a sweet hit from homemade strawberry syrup. This stunning sipper will have friends at your doorstep all summer.
London Dry Gin
A mix of sweet vermouth and bittersweet Amer Picon temper spicy rye in this 1930s-era cocktail. While Amer Picon isn’t available in the United States, Amaro CioCiaro makes a fine substitute. Sip this when you’re feeling extra fancy this season.
Another summer sipper that benefits from the orangey pleasures of Amaro CioCiaro, this beer-tail from Ops in Brooklyn, New York is our new favorite way to drink a Budweiser. Simply take a swig from the cold beer, pour in the amaro and go to town.
This bitter rum drink is best sipped on a blazing hot day, hopefully when you have nothing to do but sit by the pool or grill a few burgers. Bittersweet Averna Amaro brings depth and balance to tiki mainstays rum, falernum and lime juice.