NYC: The Italian Delight of Amaro Lucano

With our busy social calendars and bar after bar to hop to, we rarely take a chance to try something completely new. Most New Yorkers when out, tend to gravitate towards the classics: gin & tonic, whiskey sour, long island iced-tea, or straight whiskey if you’re one of those… but with all the options available to us, why not bring some excitement to the table and experience something new? Like its passionate fathers, the rare yet deliciously sweet Italian liqueur, Amaro Lucano, is the sweet surprise your bar tab has been looking for.

A family-produced spirit born in the Southern Italian town of Pisticci, Basilicata, Amaro Lucano was originally created in 1894 by Pasquale Vena, a well-known pastry chef of the time. This bittersweet mix is an intricate blend of more than 30 herbs, never before seen in the time of its creation. For its complexity and richness, in 1900 Amaro Lucano gained notoriety throughout Italy, and is until this day a highly popular dessert liqueur all over Europe. The family responsible for this tasty spirit is famous not only for Amaro Lucano but also for popular liqueurs such as Lucano Sambuca, Limoncello and Caffè, as well as liqueur-filled chocolates.

Usually served as what we call a digestif after a hearty meal, this liqueur is delicious is all its forms, including straight on the rocks, paired with orange zest and spritzed with lime, yet it can also be the base of delicious cocktails such as Lucano Punch or the holiday special, The Settantacinque. Enjoy these cocktail recipes straight from the Lucano founders themselves and make your home-bar more delizioso than ever.
2 Amaro Lucano Neat

Enjoy Amaro Lucano simply neat or over ice, as the true liqueur fanatics that you are.

DSC_2813Iced Lucano

  • 1.5 oz. Amaro Lucano
  • Orange zest

Add Amaro Lucano directly to a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with orange zest. 1Espresso Lucano

  • 1 long espresso
  • .5 oz liquid sugar
  • 1 oz Amaro Lucano

Pour ingredients into a glass. Mix and serve. Amaro_6Lucano Cup

  • 1.5 oz. Amaro Lucano
  • 2 oz green apple juice
  • 2 oz ginger ale

Mix the drink directly in the glass and serve with a slice of cucumber, a slice of lemon and orange, a sprig of mint and ice. applespice_1Lucano & Gazzosa (Lemonade)

  • 1.5 oz. Amaro Lucano
  • 4 oz. lemonade

Add ingredients to a tall cocktail glass filled with ice, stir and garnish with a lemon wheel. LUCANO AMERICANO 2_TBLucano Americano

Created by Tad Carducci of The Tippling Brothers

  • 1 oz. Lucano
  • 1 oz. Ransom Sweet Vermouth
  • .5 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
  • Soda water
  • Grapefruit slice, for garnish

Add first three ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake. Strain in to cocktail glass, top with soda water and garnish with fresh grapefruit slice. DSC_3737Lucano Cobbler

  • 1.5 ozAmaro Lucano
  • 3 oz red wine
  • .5 oz tonic water
  • .5 oz sugar syrup

Mix the drink directly in the glass and serve with a slice of lemon and orange, a sprig of mint, fruits of the forest and ice. P-oinsettias- + Pisticci-Lucky Lucano

This lucky charm was created by the amazing Kelly Levison, National Portfolio Manager of Classic & Vintage Artisanal Spirits.

  • 1 oz Amaro Lucano
  • 3 oz Fever Tree Ginger Beer
  • .5 oz Pineapple juice

Shake all ingredients together in a shaker with ice. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with lime. Lucano w. neat pourLucano Ice Cream

  • 3 white sugar cubes
  • .5 oz of still water
  • 2 scoops of cream flavour ice cream
  • 3 bar spoons of Amaro Lucano

Place the sugar cubes in the shaker and add .5 oz of still water followed by two scoops of cream-flavored ice cream, then add three bar spoons of Amaro Lucano and shake shake shake!
The Lucano Punch

If you’re looking for a party drink, this is it! This spiced recipe serves six people.

  • 2 oz of lemon sugar
  • 8 1/2 oz of clear apple juice
  • 8 1/2 oz of ginger ale
  • 4 oz of Amaro Lucano
  • 4 oz of Brandy
  • 4 bar spoons of bitter cardamom
  • citrus slices

Place lemon sugar, clear apple juice and ginger ale in a punch bowl. Add Amaro Lucano, Brandy, four bar spoons of bitter cardamom, stir with mixing spoon. Garnish with citrus slices and enjoy.
DSC_2784Lucano Roll

  • 2 oz. Amaro Lucano
  • Orange bitters
  • Tonic water

Add Amaro Lucano to chilled cocktail glass, add 1-2 dashes of orange bitters and top with tonic water. LUCANO ON ICE_TBTip Top

Born in the bar of The Café Standard in NYC’s East Village

  • 1.5 oz WhistlePig Rye
  • 1/4 oz Amaro Lucano
  • 1/4 oz Cocchi Americano
  • 1/2 oz Oloroso Sherry
  • Lemon peel

Place all ingredients (except lemon peel) in a short cocktail glass filled with ice. Stir, then squeeze lemon peel over the drink, and place on the side of the glass as a garnish. Cheers!

For the festivities, Amaro Lucano brings you the cocktail of the season:

by Tatiana Reif
by Tatiana Reif

The Settantacinque

  • 1 oz. Amaro Lucano 
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 oz San Pellegrino Limonata
  • Bisol Jeio Prosecco
  • lemon wheel for garnish
  • ice

Mix Lucano, fresh lemon and San Pellegrino be pre-batched. Add 3 1/2 oz. of pre-batched mix to wine glass, fill with ice, top with prosecco, and garnish with two lemon wheels.