Aperitivo zamaro is an aperitif-style amaro created by Kiki Braverman. It is inspired by the bounty of botanicals found in the northern alpine environment of her home country Bavaria, Germany.
‘Amaro’ is Italian and means ‘bitter liqueur’. Bitter liqueurs have a long tradition south and north of the European alps. They were carefully composed by alchemists, pharmacists and in monasteries. The idea was to extract bitter components from plants to improve digestion. Before distillation arrived in Europe in the late middle ages, the medicinal properties of botanicals had to be extracted in hot water. Through distillation much more potent elixirs could be made by steeping herbs, roots, berries, flowers, barks and spices in high-proof alcohol. Honey was added to make the bitter potions more palatable and the bitter liqueur ‘amaro’ was born.
The perfect amount of bitterness is balanced by subtle sweetness, astringency, acidity, floral and herbal notes to create optimal balance.
It took several years to perfect the composition of aperitivo zamaro: Researching prescriptions that date back to the renaissance, experimenting with local botanicals, arriving at the perfect recipe at a time of renewed interest in amari and the aperitif culture. Just like all pür•spirits distillates, it does not contain artificial ingredients and is colored with the bright red of real natural cochineal only.