Events

  • Amaro Power Hour: Book Release Party

    October 11, 2016
    6:00PM - 8:00PM

    Maialino
    Gramercy Hotel
    2 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY 10010

  • Amaro Power Hour: Cocktail Party, Bocce & Bonfire

    October 17, 2016
    6:30PM - 9:30PM

    Porcellino's Craft Butcher
    711 West Brookhaven Circle
    Memphis, TN 38117

  • Whole Hog Barbecue & Amaro Party

    October 18, 2016
    6:00PM - 10:00PM

    The 404 Kitchen
    404 12th Avenue
    Nashville, TN 37203

  • Amaro Talk & Tasting

    October 20, 2016
    Time TK

    High Wire Distilling Co.
    652 King Street
    Charleston, SC 29403

  • Amaro Power Hour: Cocktail Party & Book Signing

    October 20, 2016
    Time TK

    Edmund's Oast
    1081 Morrison Drive
    Charleston, SC 29403

  • Amaro After Dark: Talk & Tasting

    October 21, 2016
    8:00PM - 10:00PM

    The Crunkleton
    320 West Franklin Street
    Chapel Hill, NC 27516

  • Amaro Talk & Tasting

    October 22, 2016
    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Fox Liquor Bar
    237 South Wilmington Street
    Raleigh, NC 27601

  • Amaro Power Hour: Cocktail Party & Book Signing

    October 22, 2016
    5:00PM - 8:00PM

    Fox Liquor Bar
    237 South Wilmington Street
    Raleigh, NC 27601

  • Amaro Talk & Tasting

    October 25, 2016
    7:00PM - 8:30PM

    Eataly
    200 5th Avenue
    New York, NY 10010

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  • Amaro Talk & Book Signing (with Fernet Francisco)

    October 28, 2016
    6:30PM - 7:30PM

    Omnivore Books
    3885 Cesar Chavez Street
    San Francisco, CA 94131

  • "Haunted Hangover" Bitter Boozy Brunch Party

    October 30, 2016
    Time TK

    The Carlile Room
    820 Pine Street
    Seattle, WA 98101

  • Amaro Talk & Cocktails

    November 1, 2016
    6:00PM - 7:00PM

    Barnacle
    4743 Ballard Avenue NW
    Seattle, WA 98107

  • Amaro Power Hour: Cocktail Party & Book Signing

    November 1, 2016
    7:00PM - 9:00PM

    Barnacle
    4743 Ballard Avenue NW
    Seattle, WA 98107

  • Amaro Talk & Tasting

    November 2, 2016
    6:00PM - 7:30PM

    Hot Stove Society
    Hotel Andra
    2000 Fourth Avenue
    Seattle, WA 98121

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  • Amaro Talk & Book Signing

    November 3, 2016
    6:30PM - 7:30PM

    Book Larder
    4252 Fremont Avenue North
    Seattle, WA 98103

  • Amaro Power Hour: Cocktails, Pizza & Bowling Party

    November 5, 2016
    12:00PM - 3:00PM

    Highland Park Bowl
    5621 North Figueroa Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90042

  • "Taste the Book Cover" Vintage Amaro Tasting

    November 13, 2016
    3:00PM - 5:00PM

    Billy Sunday
    3143 West Logan Boulevard
    Chicago, IL 60647

  • Amaro Talk & Tasting with Paul McGee

    November 13, 2016
    7:00PM - 9:00PM

    The Milk Room
    Chicago Athletic Association
    12 South Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603

  • Book Release Party: Cocktails & Book Signing

    November 14, 2016
    7:00PM - 10:00PM

    Billy Sunday
    3143 West Logan Boulevard
    Chicago, IL 60647

  • Book Release Party: Cocktails & Book Signing (with Don Ciccio & Figli)

    November 19, 2016
    4:00PM - 6:00PM

    Masseria
    1340 4th Street NE
    Washington, DC 20002

  • Amuse with Amaro: Cocktails, Tasting & Book Signing

    December 3, 2016
    2:00PM - 4:00PM

    Abe Fisher
    1623 Sansom Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

My Happy Place

Momofuku John McEnroe Shrine

Photo: Brad Thomas Parsons

Like my father before me, I am a creature of habit. Especially when it comes to dining out. I prefer to keep a handful of haunts in heavy rotation rather than race to have my ticket punched at the latest, must-try spot. And if it’s Friday night you’re likely to find me at Momofuku Ssäm Bar. If you’re friends with me on Facebook you probably already know this as I have a (surely annoying) habit of checking in with a choice lyric from whatever song might be be blasting from the speakers as I settle in. Sometimes it’s utterly random but, being a sentimental sort, you can’t discount synchronicity. Pull up a stool and you might hear the Pixies’ “Debaser,” the Stones’ “Shattered,” Bowie’s “Queen Bitch,” the Velvet Underground’s “Rock and Roll,” or Pulp’s “Common People.” And since this is a David Chang restaurant you can count on at least one Pavement song per half-hour. So if I’m on a date or feeling particularly wistful when “Spit on a Stranger” comes on, I hope you’ll cut me some slack if Stephen Malkmus singing “Honey I’m a prize and you’re a catch / and we’re a perfect match” makes it seem like the movie of my life is being backed by a killer soundtrack. (more…)

So Drunk in the August Sun, And You’re the Kind of Girl I Like

Pavement Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain

Photo: Amazon.com

When I was considering an epigraph for Bitters I quickly rejected using the much-referenced 1806 definition of the word cocktail (“…a stimulating liquor composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters…”) and instead went with two inscriptions that, for me, capture the spirit of the book. The first was the classic SAT analogy, “Salt is to food as bitters are to [blank]…,” which I nicked from Kurt B. Reighley’s The United States of Americana, and the second was a lyric from Pavement’s “Gold Soundz”: “So drunk in the August sun, and you’re the kind of girl I like…” (more…)

Bitters on the Big Screen

angostura bitters

Photo: Brad Thomas Parsons

Last Friday I caught a late afternoon matinee of Crazy Stupid Love. Much of the action takes place at a slick pick-up joint of a bar, where Ryan Gosling’s Jacob prowls the room looking for a new conquest using his closer, “Let’s get out of here.” While Jacob always has a timeless old-fashioned in his hand, Steve Carell’s sad sack Cal nurses an emasculating vodka and cranberry through a skinny straw. (On straws in alcoholic drinks: unless it’s a tropical drink or a mint julep, whose intentionally short straw serves as a lure to get your nose closer to the aromatic bouquet of mint garnish, I do think a gentleman should part ways with the straw.) (more…)