Cookbook Review: Amaro + the Amaro Sour
The Amaro Sour from Brad Thomas Parsons “Amaro: The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Herbal Liqueurs with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas” is an exciting play on the whiskey sour. It’s no wonder Amaro is the new trend in cocktails right now!
I’ll be honest, I never tried amaro before I heard about this book…
It’s a little funny considering all that time I spent in Italy and how popular the aperitif is there. Granted, I was not quite into the cocktail obsession that I am now – nor did I have the funds for it. Now I feel like I’ve had my eyes opened to a whole other flavor profile to use in cocktails and I am swooning over it.
The collection of perfectly balanced recipes in Amaro: The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Herbal Liqueurs with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas really took me by surprise. Rarely do I get my hands on a cocktail book and immediately try out a handful of recipes.
Usually it’s a slow read through the entire thing, a first recipe and I’ll travel back to it every so often for a new cocktail to fall in love with.
As soon as I tried amaro on its own, I knew I had to try it in as many cocktails as I could to fully grasp it’s depth and flexibility.
This cocktail book takes a deep dive into amaro and bitters that appeal to the cocktail novice and expert alike. With simple, approachable cocktails such as the Amaro Sour seen here, it’s the perfect introduction to amaro.
You can even learn how to make your own amaro if you are feeling particularly adventurous!
I might be taking a pass on that during this insane holiday season. Instead I’ll kick back with an Amaro Sour, or just a touch of Amaro neat to kick off all my holiday celebrations!
Disclosure: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
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Yield: 1 cocktail
- 1½ ounces amaro
- ¾ ounce bourbon
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ¼ ounce simple syrup
- 1 egg white
- Garnish: lemon zest and cocktail cherry
- Combine all the ingredients except the garnish in a cocktail shaker and dry shake (without ice) for at least 10 seconds to fully incorporate the egg white.
- Add ice and continue shaking until chilled and strain into a double old-fashioned glass filled with ice.
- Garnish with the lemon zest and cocktail cherry.
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