After a day exploring the Pacific beaches in and around Seabrook, the cool weather and an inviting fire calls for a drink that is a bit heartier and warm. Whiskies tend to have a warming effect while amaros have an herbal bittersweet quality. Recently, while looking for something new to try, I came across an aperitif called Cardamaro that really caught my attention. Caradamaro is infused with cardoon (a relative of the artichoke) and then rested in oak barrels to finish. This liquor has some beautiful flavors: roasted nuts, subtle sweetness, fresh pine and a nice hint of artichoke. It may sound like a lot but it is wonderful just on the rocks with a twist of lemon. Once I tried it, I decided it would be a fantastic addition to a cocktail so I went with my go to: the sour. I shook it with mostly rye, some fresh lemon juice and maple. The result was absolutely delicious, just what I was looking for. Caradamro is relatively easy to find at any higher end liquor and costs about $20. I hope you’ll go out and grab a bottle and try this wonderful amaro for yourself.
- 2oz rye (I used rittenhouse)
- 1 oz Cardamaro
- 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice (about half a medium sized lemon)
- 1/2 oz maple syrup
Add all of the ingredients to a shaker, fill 2/3 full with ice and shake until very cold. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Enjoy!