Seeing that it’s July and it’s getting really hot (How hot? Yesterday, I thought I was standing in front of a car's exhaust pipe, turned out it was just a summer breeze), I thought a light, refreshing cocktail would be in order.
I love the crisp bitterness of amaro on a hot day, but the question then becomes which amaro, in the heat I turn to Cardamaro. While most amari are made using a base of grape spirit, Cardamaro is derived from wine, making it lighter and lower in alcohol; perfect for summer drinking.
Cardamaro Amaro $18.99 was developed over 100 years ago by the Bosca family in the northern-Italian region of Piedmont. Perhaps the most important botanical found in Cardamaro is cardoon, an herb in the artichoke family that grows wild in Piedmont. The Bosca family recipe infuses estate-made Moscato with cardoon and plenty of blessed thistle and numerous other botanicals to make this digestif.
My favorite thing to do with Cardamaro is keep it simple. I’m not a mixologist. I hate to measure, which often leads to disastrous cocktails, but this one is easy. Mix quantities to your taste of Cardamaro, lemon juice, and club soda, garnish with lemon peel and a sprig of thyme, or any fresh herb available in your house, and BOOM! You now have an extremely delicious drink that might go back a little too easy on a hot summer day.