Amaro, which is Italian for “bitter”, is an Italian herbal liqueur variety that is commonly taken as an after-dinner digestif. It has a bitter-sweet flavour and an alcohol content typically anywhere between 15% and 35%.
Amaro is typically produced by macerating herbs, roots, flowers, bark, and/or citrus peels in alcohol, either neutral spirits or wine, mixing the filtrate with sugar syrup, and allowing the mixture to age in casks or bottles. It is typically drunk neat and usually with a citrus wedge. It may also be drunk on ice or with soda or tonic water.
Amaro Lucano is made with over 30 herbs, some of them being wormwood, absinthe gentile, clary sage, achillea moscata, cardo santo, sweet orange, angelica, gentian, elder, rue and aloe to name but some of the ingredients.