Sips, Suds, & Smokes

I’ve never had this before

August 30, 2019

I’ve never had this before

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Co hosts : Good ol Boy Sparky, Good ol Boy Kendall, Good ol Gal Cary Ann, Good ol Boy Dave, and Good ol Gal Julieanna

SIPS  Episode – Amaro 101, oh this very confusing beverage of herbs and spices. Quite popular in Italy but this beverage has origins back to the Egyptians.  It’s fabulous neat, with some simple mixers, and in cocktails. You will get beyond that same old routine and venture to some cool stuff on that back bar you always wondered about. This episode is a pre requisite to all of our amaro episodes. We taste and discuss the following Amaro: 

Aperol – 11% manufactured by Campari group Headquarters in Milan SIPS- 4

Campari – 20.5-28.5% depending on the country in which it is sold.  Manufactured by Campari  Group headquarters in Milan – SIPS – 4

Amaro Montenegro – 23% produced in Bologna, Italy by Gruppo Montenegro  SIPS-3

Cynar – 16.5% Manufactured by Campari Group – SIPS-4

Fernet Branca -39% produced in Milan Italy by Fratelli Branca Distillerie SIPS-5




  1. Spritz – 3 ounce Prosecco, 2 ounce seltzer water, 1 ounce Aperol

In an old-fashioned or Collins glass, pour in Prosecco and Aperol and top off with selzer water.  Garnish with orange slice  SIPS – 4


  1. Negroni- 1 ounce Campari, 1 ounce gin (Beefeater was used in this cocktail)

And 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth (Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth was used in this cocktail)    Add ingredients together in a cocktail shaker.  Shake well with cracked ice.  Strain into an old fashioned either neat or with ice and serve with an orange peel twist.  SIPS – 5


Some references that helped in the making of this episode:


 The Complete Amaro Guide:  Amaro 101


Amaro 101: An Introduction to Italian Amari | Inu A Kena


Amari 101: Your Guide to Italy's Essential Bittersweet Liqueurs


A Field Guide to Italian Amaro | Saveur



Spritz – Italy’s Most Iconic Apertivo Cocktail with recipes by Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau

Apertivo – The Cocktail Culture of Italy by Marisa Huff

Apertif – A spirited Guide To The Drinks, History and Culture of the Apertif by Kate Hawkings

The Negroni – Drinking To La Dolce Vita, with Recipes and Lore by Gary Regan

Amaro: The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Herbal Liqeurs, with Cocktails, Recipes and Formulas by Brad Thomas Parsons

Bitterman’s Field Guide to Bitters & Amari:  500 Bitters; 50 Amari; 123 recipes for Cocktails, Food & Homemade Bitters (Vol 2) by Mark Bitterman

I’m Just Here for the Drinks:  A Guide to Spirits, Drinking and More Than 100 Extraordinary Cocktails by Sother Teague
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