Dark Side of the Moon

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
bar spoon
rocks 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.