Spirits & Wine

Amaro di Angostura launches in Australia

Named Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards’ Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient in 2015, Amaro di Angostura has launched in Australia this week with Global Ambassador Daniyel Jones.

Amaro di Angostura
Daniyel Jones

Amaro means bitter in Italian and belongs to a category that is gaining popularity in bars and home bars. Amaro di Angostura is produced by The House of Angostura renowned for making the most famous Angostura Bitters and the range of Angostura rums. You can read all about amaro here.

The product hails from Trinidad and was launched there in 2014 followed by a global launch in 2015.

Like its bitters, the recipe for Amaro di Angostura remains a secret. Speaking at the Australian launch in Sydney, Daniyel Jones, House of Angostura Brand Ambassador explained that the amaro is made from a neutral base spirit using the same molasses as the rum, infused with a blend of roots, barks and spices for three months with house-made caramel added.

Unlike many amari, Amaro di Angostura has a strong spice orientation rather than dominant herbal notes, and it is the only amaro to have Angostura bitters in it.

At 35% ABV, Amaro di Angostura has a deep amber colour and aromas reminiscent of the bitters with a spice bouquet, cinnamon, sweet caramel and chocolate. The palate explodes with a burst of spices mainly cinnamon, cardamom and clove, along with liquorice notes and citrus leading onto a balance of bittersweet and a chocolate finish.

The balance of spice and bittersweet notes give Amaro di Angostura the versatility to be used in cocktails and not just as a digestive or with an espresso.  When sipping neat, Daniyel Jones recommends it at room temperature for optimum flavour rather than over ice.

Amaro di Angostura
L-R: James Irvine (Australian Ambassador) and Daniyel Jones (Global Ambassador) with the Trinicano Cocktail

Enjoy it in a Trinicano, a take on the Americano with equal parts of Amaro di Angostura and sweet vermouth, topped with soda. In cocktails, it plays well in classic cocktails. Try it with Angostura bitters in the “Amora Amaro” cocktail below.

“Amora Amaro” created by Daniyel Jones, House of Angostura Brand Ambassador
45 ml Amaro di Angostura®
20 ml Angostura® aromatic bitters
30 ml Simple Syrup
30 ml Lime Juice
Garnish- Lime Twist
Method: Add all ingredients into a mixing tin. Add ice, shake and double-strain into a pre-chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a fresh lime zest and serve.

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.