20 best Montenegro cocktails
Words by Simon Difford
Photography by Dan Malpass
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.
With: Amaro Montenegro, Italian red aperitivo and orange juice.
We say: Bittersweet zesty orange with deep herbal complexity.
With: Rye whiskey, Cynar, Amaro Montenegro and honey syrup.
We say: Bittersweet and whisky-laced but smoothed and mellowed by honeyed richness.
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.
With: Dry vermouth, Amaro Montenegro, rye whiskey and white crème de menthe.
We say: A cleansing, delicately minty, bittersweet and complex digestivo.
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.
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.
Full Monte No.2
With: Amaro Montenegro, bourbon and aromatic bitters.
We say: Amaro replaces vermouth in this delectably bittersweet Reverse Manhattan.
With: Aged rum, Amaro Montenegro, ginger liqueur, orange bitters and aromatic bitters.
We say: A rum forward digestive with herbal complexity and enlivening ginger.
With: Black rum, Italian red aperitivo, Amaro Montenegro and lemon juice.
We say: A riff on Sam Ross' contemporary classic Paper Plane.
M & M
With: Mezcal and Amaro Montenegro
We say: Deliciously simple – just two ingredients.
With: Reposado tequila, Amaro Montenegro, grapefruit juice, agave syrup and soda.
We say: Refreshing grapefruit and tequila with delicate bitterness.
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.
With: Reposado tequila, Amaro Montenegro, lime juice and agave syrup.
We say: An Amaro riff on the classic Margarita.
With: Bourbon, Amaro Montenegro, fino sherry and coffee liqueur.
We say: An interesting alternative to a Boulevardier.
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.
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.
With: Pisco, Amaro Montenegro, rosolio di bergamotto, lemon juice and vanilla syrup.
We say: Layers of citrus, bittersweet vanilla and cleaning Moscato grape spirit.
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.
The Queen's Steeple
With: Amaro Montenegro, Cynar, rosolio di bergamotto and Boker's bitters.
We say: A bittersweet, delicately orangey aperitivo.
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.