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On ‎8‎/‎16‎/‎2016 at 5:55 AM, EvergreenDan said:

Peychaud's amaro. Anyone tried it yet? Similar profile to the bitters?

Not at all similar, IMO. To me, it tasted like very diluted Campari.

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4 hours ago, BillBuitenhuys said:

Not at all similar, IMO. To me, it tasted like very diluted Campari.

(re Peychaud's amaro) Ugh. Thanks for saving me.

 

BTW the Contralto Bitter is very good. I haven't compared it side-by-side with Campari yet though.


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On ‎9‎/‎1‎/‎2016 at 2:20 PM, EvergreenDan said:

 

BTW the Contralto Bitter is very good. I haven't compared it side-by-side with Campari yet though.

 

Thanks for the heads up! I'll have to find this one!

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From Diffords
 

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Difford's Guide Rating 4/5 [recommended]

Peychaud's Aperitivo Liqueur

As bitter Italian aperitivos [sic] go, Peychaud's is on the light side - slightly drier and rootier than Aperol but much tamer than the likes of Campari. Low in alcohol, this is a middle of the road crowd-pleasing Aperitivo.

 

 

Sound boring to me...


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I quite liked a Negroni riff a friend made me recently using Tattersall Bitter Orange. Tattersall is a local distillery (Minneapolis) and I'd imagine the distribution might be limited to the region, but it's worth keeping an eye out for it.

Essentially this Campari substitute emerges from state liquor laws: as I understand it, to sell alcohol at a distillery you're restricted to spirits and liqueurs made on-site. Thus Tattersall (which started with [excellent] gin and vodka) has wound up producing a very wide product line with their own fernet, bitter orange, cherry liqueur, creme de fleur, etc., so that they can offer Hanky Pankies, Negronis, slings, Aviations, etc. in their cocktail room. For amari, besides the Bitter Orange they have a Tattersall Fernet (which I liked on my quick tasting - not as methol-ly as Branca I think) and a Tattersall Amaro (which I haven't tried). 

 

 

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Brad Thomas Parsons' book Amaro has a section of small, 2 ingredient drinks - basically shots, containing one or more amari, starting with the Hard Start (Fernet-Branca + Branca Menta).

I'm a sipper, not a shooter but I've been enjoying the Jimbo for an after dinner sip.  It calls for 3/4 oz rye, floated over 3/4 oz Amaro Meletti.  

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That gets a little sweet once I've sipped off most of the rye xD so I've been mixing 1/2 oz Rittenhouse + 1/2 oz Meletti and then floating another 1/4 oz of rye over the top.

 

 

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It's crazy to me that the very simple (and very good) shot Jimbo used to pour his coworkers during/after a shift has become a recognized and published drink. 

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I recently found a recipe for 'generic' amari so today I've started some off:

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This is wormwood (from the garden) for the bitter, lavender/juniper/cardamom/cloves for the dried ingredients, kawakawa (local stuff - that's the big leaves)/rosemary/mint/thyme/orange zest/lemon zest for the fresh, all in a litre of 88.5% alcohol.  This will take a week or three to infuse, but I'll keep you posted.

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Overnight, good evidence infusion is happening.  Observe delicious green:

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I know from previous experience with other infusions it won't end up looking like that, but I'll enjoy the sight while it lasts.

 

I wouldn't expect much more in the way of visual changes for the rest of the process, so don't hold your collective breath for too many more daily updates!

 

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Sounds tasty.  I may have to look into that ...

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