Santa Maria Al Monte Amaro
1L SKU 45794
Amaro (translated as “sour” or “bitter”) is as much part of Italy’s culinary repertoire as espresso, pizza and gelato. It represents a much-loved excuse to prolong the eating experience among friends and family, and today. Hundreds upon hundreds of amari are produced in Italy today. Each has a proprietary formula that generally includes various herbs, roots, flowers and spices, which are macerated in alcohol, sometimes blended with a sweet syrup and tempered in barrels or bottles.
Traditionally, amaro is served straight up or on the rocks. A slice of lemon or orange rind is typically added and the bitterness can be diluted with seltzer water on hot days or hot water in colder climates. Some very creative amaro-based drinks are now emerging. Amaro semifreddo is served in a martini glass; amaro has been mixed with cacao, almond or coffee cream, brown sugar, sparkling wine, lime, blood orange juice or cola. Spirits such as rum, Tequila, vodka and whiskey are other blending agents.
Santa Maria Al Monte is an incredible amaro that we are delighted to offer at Suburban. Founded in Genova in 1892, it was first created by the monks of the Santa Maria monastery near Florence. The amaro coffers complex aromas and flavors with plenty of spice, herbaceous notes and bitterness on the finish. Although all amari have “secret” recipes, Santa Maria Al Monte claims to use 36 different herbs and radishes including bitter orange, gentian, rhubarb and cinchona from 4 continents. Each herb, root and plant is macerated by hand to prevent heating by mechanized processing.
This amaro is an exceptional after dinner drink as well as an incredibly versatile cocktail component. Try the below cocktail recipe inspired by the summer and fall in love with amaro if you haven’t already!
1 1/2 ounces Santa Maria Al Monte
1/2 ounce gin
1 ounce fresh lime juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup
3 slices cucumber
Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain over a tall glass filled with ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a cucumber slice on the rim of the glass.
Tasting Note: Moderately medicinal nose with a menthol note. Beautiful balance between sweetness, bitterness and herbaceousness. Compellingly complex, this liqueur distinguishes itself with pronounced mint on the finish. Amazing intensity and length!
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