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I’ve just reviewed the lovely book Amaro devoted to all those bitter liqueurs we are learning to love. I still have trouble with Campari, but an Aperol Spritz is a gift from God. Actually, there is a an even better version of the spritz I have posted here: Sunshine Superman. It’s a lovely extension using gin and grapefruit liqueur. Powerful!

Amaro has about a hundred cocktail recipes, some classic and many new ones, almost experimental.

Here’s a cocktail that is Goldilocks-style: not too little, not too much. Some Compari balanced by simple syrup and pineapple juice. This comes from a tiki bar [Three Dots and a Dash] in Chicago, a bit more than a few blocks from the amari heartland of Italy.

Jungle Bird

Yield: 1 drink


  • 1½ ounces blackstrap rum
  • 1 ½ ounces freshly squeezed pineapple juice
  • ¾ ounce Campari
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • Garnish: pineapple chunk and/or pineapple leaf


Combine all the ingredients except the garnish in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until chilled and strain into a double old-fashioned glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with the pineapple chunk or leaf (or both).

Source: Amaro by Brad Thomas Parsons [10 Speed Press, 2016]