We are all obsessed with something. Some people are into vintage pottery. Others, sugar packets and Do Not Disturb hotel door tags (who knew?). But the sommeliers and mixologists at Carnevino are infatuated with amaro. First sold as a health tonic in the 1800s in Italy, the bittersweet digestivo has become a thriving star of cocktail culture.
Enter the deliciously balanced Watch Me Disappear ($17), a savory, spicy and refreshing libation that utilizes Italy’s rock-star amaro, the Vecchio Amaro del Cappo. The melange of 29 botanical herbs, flowers, fruits and roots is intensely pleasurable, providing a seductive sensorial tapestry. At the base of the drink is Mexico’s spirit, tequila (here, Casa Dragones Blanco), which makes fast friends with a kick of ginger liqueur from Domaine de Canton, the lightly bitter and sweet orange essence from Contratto’s Aperitif and the energizing amperage from the fresh lime juice. Work your way around the lip-and-tongue-friendly savory and salty zing, which invites you to sip the aptly named cocktail until it magically “disappears” … and let the crush start all over again.