With Bitter Lovers just around the corner, we've been playing around with all types of amaris. Literally translated from Italian to mean "bitter," an amaro is typically a bittersweet liqueur often drank as a digestif after a meal or aperitif before the meal. There are many different types of amaris and Zucca is no exception. A "rabarbaro" amaro, Zucca's primary flavor ingredient is rhubarb. Despite what you might think, this does not yield in a sour liqueur, but a complex bitter one. It's perfect for mixing a boozy cocktail.
We paired it up with Luca Mariano Whiskey, a delicious brand that's bringing back old pre-prohibition family recipes. We think it's a match made in heaven.
cocktail mixing glass
2 oz Luca Mariano Whiskey
2 oz Zucca Amaro
dash of Fee Brothers Orange Bitters
strip of orange zest
Combine ingredients in a cocktail mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill for 20-30 seconds before straining into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Express oils from the orange peel over the glass before running it around the rim and dropping it into the glass.