Among the wave of bitter drinks that have tickled bartenders' fancy in recent years, the Italian herbal liqueur's popularity has exploded, as have the number of establishments that offer amaro either as a solo digestif or in a cocktail. Thank D.C.'s Distillery Don Ciccio & Figli in part for the growing local following, which started making amaro stateside a couple years ago.
The new RPM Italian from reality stars Bill and Giuliana Rancic incorporates a six-seat amaro bar where guests can get schooled on the virtues of Amaro Montenegro versus Fernet Branca. It carries more than 13 types of Amaro. Many restaurants now carry a wider selection of amari, ranging from small, artisanal varieties to major brands. (And up in Baltimore there's Sicilian restaurant Cosima with a dozen amari to try straight up.)
Here, Eater rounds up a selection of some of the newer amaro cocktails offered at D.C. area restaurants, from high-end spots like RPM to more unlikely places like casual new burger joint Tasty Burger.Read More