20 best Montenegro cocktails

Words by Simon Difford

Photography by Dan Malpass

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Whiskey, tequila, gin, mezcal and rum all feature in our 20 best Montenegro cocktails, evidence of how versatile this citrusy bittersweet amaro is. It's also delicious served neat over ice after a meal. However, the M&M recipe below adds a delicious splash of mezcal to this concept.

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Adriatique Cocktail
With: Amaro Montenegro, Italian red aperitivo and orange juice.
We say: Bittersweet zesty orange with deep herbal complexity.

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Bubo Bubo
With: Rye whiskey, Cynar, Amaro Montenegro and honey syrup.
We say: Bittersweet and whisky-laced but smoothed and mellowed by honeyed richness.

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Burning Bright
With: Lime and grapefruit juices, sugar, light rum, Amaro Montenegro and rosso vermouth.
We say: There are hints of Hemmingway Daiquiri to this multi-layered bittersweet aperitivo.

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Circus Circus
With: Dry vermouth, Amaro Montenegro, rye whiskey and white crème de menthe.
We say: A cleansing, delicately minty, bittersweet and complex digestivo.

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Dante's Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail
With: Rye whiskey, Amaro Montenegro, honey syrup, pimento bitters and saline solution.
We say: Dashes of pimento bitters keep this Old-Fashioned riff from wavering onto the sweet site of bittersweet.

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Day La Vie
With: Bourbon, Amaro Montenegro, gentian liqueur and lemon juice.
We say: Like so many in this selection, this tasty cocktail was originally based on rye whiskey.

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Full Monte No.2
With: Amaro Montenegro, bourbon and aromatic bitters.
We say: Amaro replaces vermouth in this delectably bittersweet Reverse Manhattan.

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Hunter's Verdict
With: Aged rum, Amaro Montenegro, ginger liqueur, orange bitters and aromatic bitters.
We say: A rum forward digestive with herbal complexity and enlivening ginger.

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Lost Plane
With: Black rum, Italian red aperitivo, Amaro Montenegro and lemon juice.
We say: A riff on Sam Ross' contemporary classic Paper Plane.

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M & M
With: Mezcal and Amaro Montenegro
We say: Deliciously simple – just two ingredients.

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Monte Paloma
With: Reposado tequila, Amaro Montenegro, grapefruit juice, agave syrup and soda.
We say: Refreshing grapefruit and tequila with delicate bitterness.

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MonteNegroni
With: Amaro Montenegro, dry gin and rosso vermouth.
We say: There are numerous different recipes for this popular riff on a classic Negroni but we prefer a 7:6:5 formula. May not have the same ring to it as "equal parts" but delightful on the palate.

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Monterita
With: Reposado tequila, Amaro Montenegro, lime juice and agave syrup.
We say: An Amaro riff on the classic Margarita.

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Mount Rushmore
With: Bourbon, Amaro Montenegro, fino sherry and coffee liqueur.
We say: An interesting alternative to a Boulevardier.

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Pastry War Margarita
With: Reposado tequila, mezcal, Amaro Montenegro, elderflower liqueur, lime juice and a pinch of salt.
We say: Mezcal, amaro, and elderflower add complexity to this Margarita-like cocktail.

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Reno
With: Amaro Montenegro, gentian liqueur, americano bianco and rosolio di bergamotto.
We say: Distinctive notes of amaro and gentian dominate this bittersweet but mellow aperitivo.

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Stonage
With: Pisco, Amaro Montenegro, rosolio di bergamotto, lemon juice and vanilla syrup.
We say: Layers of citrus, bittersweet vanilla and cleaning Moscato grape spirit.

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The Malagueña
With: Black Seal rum, Amaro Montenegro, agave syrup, aromatic bitters and orange bitters.
We say: Dark pungent rum is lightly sweetened, bittered and aromatised by an amaro and bitters duo.

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The Queen's Steeple
With: Amaro Montenegro, Cynar, rosolio di bergamotto and Boker's bitters.
We say: A bittersweet, delicately orangey aperitivo.

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Touchwood
With: Dry vermouth, single malt scotch whisky, Amaro Montenegro, PX sherry and black pepper.
We say: This stirred down boozy cocktail is perfect for late-night sipping.

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