A delicious Amaro from Sicily.
Originally produced in 1859, and based upon a recipe given to the founder, Salvatore Averna, by Benedictine monks (long known for producing botanical and alcoholic tonics.
Averna became a hit, with several of the royal houses of Italy enjoying their tonic wine.
The Amaro itself is made with a mixture of 33 different herbs, citrus rinds, pomemgranate, roots and spices which are allowed to soak in the base liquour. The result is a sweeter style of Amaro, with a rich fruitiness and complex bittersweet herbal flavours.
Averna remained a family owned company until 1958, when it was floated on the stock market. In 2014, Campari purchased the operation.
This Amaro is delightful served simply over ice, but we particularly enjoy it in a Black Manhattan, in which the usual vermouth found in a Manhattan is swapped out for Averna, producing a darker, sweeter and more complex cocktail.