Thursday, October 5, 2023

Braulio is a chamomile and spearmint amaro that makes cocktails comforting

I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts and it was an episode about one of my favorite digestives.

Stuff You Should Know is always an informative and entertaining show, and this episode from back in March was all about the Italian bitter digestive amaro, which can be prepared in countless ways. 

It inspired me to finally crack open that fancy bottle of Braulio Amaro that I've had in my cabinet for a while. Braulio is considered by Italians to be a "comforting" drink with notes of chamomile and spearmint. It can go into a lot of configurations, such as replacing Campari in recipes or being added into a Boulevardier or a Negroni for a bit of a twist on the classics.

Here are some Braulio cocktail recipes I plan to work with:

Long Look Back is essentially a way to have a Manhattan without the sweet vermouth.

  • 1 part rye whiskey (bourbon works as a backup)
  • .75 parts Braulio
  • .75 parts Japanese whisky
  • .5 parts demerara syrup (simple syrup works as a backup)
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • garnish with an orange peel
And for that Boulevardier twist, it can be called Palpable Apathy or simply a Braulio Boulevardier.

  • 1 part sweet vermouth
  • 1 part Braulio
  • 1 part rye
  • 1 dash of lemon bitters
  • Garnish with a lemon twist

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