We’ve introduced you to plenty of amari, the bitter Italian liqueurs, in the course of this column. But Meletti Amaro is different from some of the super-light or super-bitter bottles out there. It’s rich and caramel-y, almost chocolate-y, without being cloying in the least; it has a fascinating array of flavors, from saffron to anise, resulting in a balanced, complex liqueur.
Served as a digestivo — an after-dinner sipper, generally poured neat — it’s a beautiful drink. But it’s also incredibly versatile in cocktails. It has the herbs and botanicals of many of its fellow amari, without being as nearly bitter. As a result, it can play a vermouth-like role in a Manhattan, be the anchor for a big pour of soda, or add depth and character to a sour. And in the winter, its richness plays beautifully in seasonal drinks. Here’s how to make it work.
Easy: Meletti & Soda
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