Bar Minty: 8 Amaro Sazerac and Friends

Sother Teague’s 8 Amaro Sazerac

Years and years ago, I was at Cana Rum Bar in downtown Los Angeles. Then bar manager Allan Katz was working on a 9-amari drink based on the 8 Amaro Sazerac from Sother Teague of Amor y Amargo in New York. I was intrigued since I love all things amari.

Fast forward to my pandemic home bar hobby of lunchtime drinking. One Saturday afternoon, I gathered all the necessary bottles. I still had to substitute a few things but the beauty of this drink is it’s very forgiving and delicious any way you look at it.

I based this recipe from the one I found on Kindred Cocktails (recipe posted 2017).

Here’s mine with the substitutes:

8 Amaro Sazerac – Bar Minty edition

  • .25 oz Peychaud’s aperitivo (in place of Aperol)
  • .25 oz Campari
  • .25 oz Amaro CicCiaro
  • .25 oz Amaro Meletti
  • .25 oz Braulio (in place of Lazzaroni)
  • .25 oz Averna
  • .25 oz Ramazzotti
  • .25 oz Fernet-Branca (in place of Sibilia)
  • Regan’s orange bitters (in place of Bittermens orange citrate)
  • Peychaud’s bitters
  • Green Chartreuse rinse
  • lemon twist

Rinse an old fashioned rocks glass with Green Chartreuse (no one is going to fault you if you discard the excess into a glass then you drink it!). Stir all 8 amari plus a couple dashes of both orange and Peychaud’s bitters with ice for about 30 seconds. Strain into your Chartreused-rinsed glass with a large rock. Spritz the lemon oils and garnish the glass. I have found some people do discard the peel like a traditional sazerac but I like the aroma of the Meyer lemon I used here so I kept it in.

Bar Minty 7 Amari and a Friend

Then I looked at all the other amari and aperitivi I had and decided to make another version of the 8 Amaro Sazerac. I’m calling this 7 Amari and a Friend since I used a turmeric cordial instead of another amaro.

Bar Minty 7 Amari and a Friend

  • .25 oz Nonino
  • .25 oz Montenegro
  • .25 oz Cynar
  • .25 oz Sfumato
  • .25 oz Breckenridge bitters
  • .25 oz St. George Spirits Bruto Americano
  • .25 oz Geijer California Amaro
  • .25 oz Von Humboldt’s turmeric cordial
  • Green Chartreuse rinse
  • Regan’s orange bitters
  • Peychaud’s bitters
  • lemon twist

Like the 8 Amaro Sazerac, my version follows the .25 oz measurement for the 8 amari and liqueurs, bitters and Green Chartreuse rinse. First rinse the double rocks/ old fashioned glass with Green Chartreuse. I don’t want to have to rinse/discard anymore so I bought an atomizer bottle to spritz the glass next time! Stir all amari and liqueurs along with both bitters for about 30 seconds in your mixing glass. Strain into your old fashioned glass that’s been rinsed with Green Chartreuse with fresh ice (I like my ice balls). Twist your lemon peel over the glass to release the oils and garnish.

While researching recipes for this drink, I came across this article from 2019 noting some of the amari changes. I have a theory that Amor y Amargo changed out the amari accordingly as new products arrived from Italy.

Oh, and the name of the Allan Katz 9-amari drink? Arms Race! Which is just delightful.

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