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Amaro and Cream

Mary Ann Esposito

Folks who really love their creamy drinks stick to old favorites like mudslides and holiday nogs because they’re familiar...but if you sub in Italian Amaro as a base for dairy-centric drinks—all bittersweet and herbal with notes of molasses, clove, and orange peel—you’ll turn an otherwise vegetal, spice-like liquor into something surprisingly kid-like. Now, since Italians are brave, they drink their Amaro neat, on the rocks, or in club soda as an aperitivo (a light pre-dinner beverage) and sometimes as a digestivo to settle the stomach. But mixing it with cream turns Amaro into a piquant desert-in-a-glass...a complex departure for adventuresome sippers who are bored with Bailey’s.

Makes 2 drinks


4 ounces Amaro (Montenegro is one of the big-four common brands)
4 ounces light or half-and-half cream
Nutmeg, freshly grated


In a cocktail shaker or small bar pitcher with long stirring spoon combine the Amaro, cream, and ice. Shake until the shaker develops condensation on the outside, 15-20 seconds, or stir in glass pitcher, about 30 seconds. Pour into an ice-filled glass (preferably a lowball glass). Garnish with fresh nutmeg.

This recipe is featured on show 2426 - The Best Cocktails and Snacks.

item recipe is featured in Episode 2426 of Season 24.

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