Fall Amaro

Posted on Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Fall Amaro from Mama Knows Her Cocktails

This jar of luscious garden ingredients is my Fall Amaro infusing away. Back in January, I decided to make an amaro for each season, using ingredients from our garden. Amaro is the Italian word for bitter. I am smitten with these herbal liqueurs, which have varying degrees of bitterness. They are lovely to sip on their own, and make intriguing additions to cocktails.


My Winter Amaro ended up borrowing a few ingredients from the spice drawer and the peel of an orange, because the pickings were quite slim out in our garden in the depth of winter.

Spring Amaro

The Spring Amaro had 16 garden selections, and I aimed for an herbal and slightly vegetable-laden taste.

Summer Amaro

The Summer Amaro had the prettiest hue with strawberries and aronia berries from our garden, along with a whopping total of 24 garden contributions.

Here’s what I included in my Fall Amaro:

  • apples
  • grapes
  • bay leaf
  • sage
  • rosemary
  • thyme
  • marjoram
  • hops
  • calendula
  • nigella seeds
  • fennel seeds
  • coriander seeds
  • pineapple sage
  • tarragon

I used brandy as the base to complement the autumnal flavors I collected. Vodka had been the spirit for the other amaros I made. I’m tasting the Fall Amaro weekly, and plan to let it infuse for four weeks. After four weeks, I’ll strain the amaro into a clean bottle, and add some simple syrup to taste. Making these seasonal amaros has been simple. And even easier to enjoy!


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4 Responses to
“Fall Amaro”

  • Christelle says: November 26th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I love this idea. I have been experimenting with making bitters with seasonal ingredients but I haven’t tried Amaro. Thanks for the inspiration! I found you via Pinterest, btw.

  • Mama Knows Her Cocktails says: November 26th, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Hi Christelle – Thanks for leaving a nice comment about the amaro making. I am hooked on making them, and drinking them! For my Winter 2014 Amaro, I’m thinking about adding some fir tips, since I have that tree in our Seattle garden. I appreciate you sharing that you found me on Pinterest. It’s my favorite social media because I actually learn new things. And all those gorgeous photos!


  • William Riley-Land says: November 26th, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    These look awesome and are very inspiring.

  • Mama Knows Her Cocktails says: November 27th, 2013 at 3:48 am

    Thanks! Hope you give amaro making a spin.


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