Ramazzotti

$ — 30% ABV — Orange

An understated bar staple for years, Amaro Ramazzotti has given cameo appearances in a litany of mixed drinks — though many bartenders prefer to take it straight. It's especially nice that its high ABV doesn't too heavily dilute a drink, though that conversely becomes a small problem when trying to make a less raucous drink.

Though Ramazzotti is made with 33 ingredients, star anise, cardamom and most prominently a blend of orange peels are the main notes here. The finish to this amaro has a prominent licorice flavor, alongside a bitter blackberry flavor.

It remains mostly translucent as its base is a neutral alcohol and there are no coloring additives. This also makes Ramazzotti a bit thin, which is a preferred quality for lighter drinks and Royal cocktails.

Ramazzotti is located in Canelli, Piedmont in northern Italy. Established in 1815 by Ausano Ramazzotti, it is now owned by Pernod-Ricard.