I may have already mentioned that I turned 30 this year, but I never did get around to sharing photos from my fabulous summer birthday trip to Croatia. My sister joined me there and we enjoyed several dinners finished off with a glass or two of amaro. Although it’s an Italian digestif, it felt festive and fitting in the warm climate. It also felt grown up in a way, and, as an official 30-year-old adult, I decided amaro would be my new go-to drink.
Fast forward a few months and amaro still feels festive. Rather then just drink it on the rocks (although it’s delicious that way), I like this smash, a muddling of orange, mint, and amaro topped with grapefruit or blood orange soda. A little sweet, a little bitter, and very herbaceous, it’s my new 30s signature cocktail (cause every gal should have one.) I’ll likely be ringing in the new year with one of these. Whatever you’re drinking, enjoy and Happiest New Year!
Yield: 1 drink
1½ ounces amaro
½ ounce simple syrup
1 to 2 ounces grapefruit soda
In a mixing glass, combine the amaro, a handful of mint, and several large pieces of orange zest. Muddle together well, then add the simple syrup and ice and stir. Strain into an ice-filled glass and top off with soda. Garnish with additional mint and orange zest.