8 new bitters to dedicate (more than) an after meal

8 new bitters to dedicate (more than) an after meal

Amari are now back in fashion, with a vintage yet modern image: here are 8 new bitters to try for your end of meal.

The bitters are back in fashion in recent years. No longer confined to after dinner or to pass from a simple digestive after a large meal, they are protagonists in all respects. A fascinating world to be discovered through the guide of Bittersweet to amari . After the rediscovery of historical brands that have ended up in oblivion and vintage labels that have become highly topical, new proposals appear on the market and field invasions are registered.by producers of other liqueurs and spirits. The new frontier for large multinationals and small companies is in the sign of love. In the last year and a half, often innovative or at least unusual products have appeared on the market, all to try, for example based on beer or in an organic version.


  1. Canto Amaro (Liquors of the Sirens) . True to its name, it seduces like a sweet dirge. In Canto Amaro we find the scent of Garda lemons, the sweetness of vanilla while the bitter notes are expressed by thistle and gentian. A product that expresses the territory, without dyes and aromas of any kind as it is in the philosophy of the Liquori delle Sirene company.
  2. Twenty (Uprising) . Twenty different botanicals, one for each region, make the difference in Twenty. The amaro of the Rivolta family (Rinaldi 1957 group) is the very symbol of united Italy and since last spring it has also been present in its non-alcoholic version. The botanicals represent: Campania (lemons), Sicily (oranges), Sardinia (myrtle), Abruzzo (gentian), Veneto (yarrow), Liguria (olive leaves), Tuscany (juniper), Basilicata (basil) and Piedmont (taraceto) just to name a few. A contemporary approach to the classic amaro even if made according to traditional methods.
  3. Interval (Old Customs Warehouse) . A living room amaro : it is the new project by Ivano Trombino for the Vecchio Magazzino Doganale. Intervallo is obtained from single and separate infusions of gentian, galangal, wormwood, bay leaf, marjoram, mint and sage distillations. Velvety flavor, with notes reminiscent of Rossana candy. An amaro to be savored comfortably seated on the sofa at home for moments of not negligible happiness.
  4. Both (32 Via dei Birrai) . The world of hops has always been in first place for 32 Via dei Birrai. Almost fifteen years after its birth, the brewery now feels strong enough to focus on the world of liqueurs and spirits. Both is a beer amaro made thanks to the collaboration between 32 Via dei Birrai and Genziana Distillati di Crespano del Grappa. To obtain both, Nebra is used, an amber beer made from barley and rye malt: on this basis the botanicals (gentian, rhubarb, wormwood, cinnamon, cinchona cascarilla) are grafted. A novelty for the Italian market: it is among the first beer bitters.
  5. Amaro Bonaventura (Bonaventura Male). The lockdown brought something good to the Bonaventura Maschio home. Last spring, two new bitters from the historic distillery, now in its fifth generation, were presented. Herbs and flowers starts from a bitter that was already produced a century ago. It starts with the Prime Uve Bianche grape distillate and focuses on a floral bouquet: geranium, jasmine, lime and dried rose. The bitterness is given by nettle and fibrous clover and with citrus hints of orange and cedar and fruity notes of apple and pear. Other music for herbs and spices: here the base is the brandy Prime Uve Nere, with spicy and toasted notes due to the aging in wood. The bouquet is composed of cinnamon, vanilla and tonka bean while the amaricant comes from gentian, cinchona, clary sage and bitter orange, balsamic notes of fennel and caraway, caraway.
  6. Amaro Baladin . Baladin homemade beer amaro. An idea born almost for fun: one evening mixing spices in a glass of Beermouth (Baladin’s vermouth), Teo Musso found the right inspiration for his new creation. From here various experiments have started: to obtain Amaro Baladin, Xyauyù beer is taken as a starting point and a mix of botanicals is added in which gentian root and lavender stand out.
  7. Amaro Rubino Bio . Amaro Rubino is made with honey and herbs that grow between the lakes and the Pre-Alps of Lombardy and Piedmont. Local herbs are worth mentioning: chamomile and elderberry flowers, nettle, caraway, dandelion root. The only “out of area” exception is Calabrian licorice. The amaro is certified organic, among the first in Italy. It takes its name from its creator Matteo Rubino, known in Varese for his past as a musician, was the leader of the Shakers, and for his talent in producing and marketing liqueurs. The amaro was born almost for fun, as a Christmas gift to friends.
  8. Amaro Cantine Gori (Hermes Botanica) . Cantine Gori has now taken a taste for it. After the Vermouth, here is the Amaro branded HermesBotanica, one of the brands of the Nimis cellar. In the new product, the scents of the Alps marry the scents of the Mediterranean thanks to a pinch of creativity and ingenuity: the combination of balsamic vat herb, or Achillea Moscata and mandarin peel is enhanced by the infusion in Friulian grappa. There are also light notes of gentian, rhubarb, wild thyme, plantain and quassia bitter.

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