Amaro for All

By: Hannah Lee Leidy
Photo by Jose Pereiro

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Makes one cocktail

  • 3 ounces non-alcoholic amaro (Recipe follows)
  • ¾ ounces lime juice
  • Ginger beer to top
  • Garnish: Freshly grated nutmeg

  • Non-Alcoholic Amaro
  • 2 cups plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Quassia Bitter Wood (or any bittering agent of your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons whole allspice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons star anise
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fennel
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 4 ¼ cups water
  • 4 tablespoons orange peels
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon chicory
  • Simple syrup as needed

Make the Non-Alcoholic Amaro

  1. In a medium saucepot, toast sugar over medium heat until dissolved, stirring often so as to not caramelize.
  2. Once sugar is melted, add bitter wood and all spices.
  3. While stirring, slowly and carefully add water.
  4. Add orange peels and lower heat. Simmer on low for 1 hour, stirring every so often.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Allow mixture to cool completely before straining.
  7. If the amaro is too bitter, add simple syrup to taste.
  8. Keep refrigerated for up to one month.

Make the mocktail

  1. Combine non-alcoholic amaro and lime juice in a shaker tin and shake vigorously for 10 seconds.
  2. Strain in a collins glass, top with 2 ounces of ginger beer and ice.
  3. Grate nutmeg on top and serve.


  • Recipe by
    Abbey Sanders of Southbound in Chamblee, Georgia

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  • Tobi
    January 9, 2024 at 7:29 pm

    When making Amara does the chickory get added with the orange peel? Seems missing from the steps.


    July 9, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    Is the bitter wood in powder form for this recipe or can you use the bark / chips? Any other bittering agents you recommend? I’ve fallen for some non-alcoholic Amaro recently and would like to take a shot at making my own.


    1. Amber Chase
      September 21, 2023 at 1:23 pm

      Hi there! We believe Quassia Bitter Wood can be bought as chips, powder, or as a liquid tincture.