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13 Best Averna Cocktails for a Taste of Italy

If you haven’t tried any tasty Averna cocktails before, now’s the time!

Bittersweet, with hints of orange and anise, this Italian drink is truly unique.

Best Averna Cocktails Featuring Black Manhattan Over Ice With Black Cherry Garnish
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Averna has been a mainstay in Italian cocktails since 1868, and for good reason. Featuring 27 different herbs and spices, there really isn’t anything else like it.

So, it doesn’t matter if you’re looking for something new and fun or a classic drink to sip the night away; these 13 Averna cocktails are sure to hit the spot.

Bottoms up! 

1. Averna Limonata

Move over, lemonade – there’s a new citrus drink in town, and its name is Averna Limonata.

This four-ingredient drink is tart, refreshing, and perfetto

It’s ideal for cooling down on a hot day, and it’s effortless to whip up at home. 

You’ll adore this drink if you love light, bright lemon flavor. And you’ll definitely appreciate the little buzz it gives you, too! 

2. Devil’s Soul Cocktail

Sometimes you’ve got to give the devil his due. This crisp, boozy Devil’s Soul cocktail is sinfully delicious. 

Its light and tangy taste will delight your taste buds. And then, the spicy rye whiskey will swoop in and give them an unexpected kick.  

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “devilish delights” before. Well, this drink certainly fits the bill.

It somehow manages to be spicy, smoky, tangy, and bittersweet all at the same time. 

3. Black Manhattan

What’s classier than the traditional Manhattan? A Manhattan in black, of course. 

The Black Manhattan is the little black dress of cocktails. It’s classy and elegant, and you can enjoy it for any occasion. 

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It’s a spicy, citrusy, slightly bitter drink that’ll help spice up your evening.

Add a famous Luxardo cherry for a garnish, and you’ve got an exquisite drink that’s sure to turn heads.

4. Amaro Averna Cocktail

Imagine harnessing the flavor of the best Lindt chocolate bars into a cocktail.

I’m talking about Lindt dark chocolate, Lindt Blood Orange, and Lindt Cherry Intense. Yum!

Can you just imagine what that would taste like? Honestly, I think it would taste just like this cocktail.

Believe it or not, it takes just five minutes to whip up this decadent five-ingredient drink.

Pull it together, pop in a couple of cocktail cherries, and enjoy! 

5. Pura Vida Coffee Cocktail

Although it uses Italian amaro, this cocktail was invented in a London bar in 2016.

Since that time, it’s made quite a splash.

You’ll love its smoky coffee flavor peppered with hints of orange. It’s somewhat bitter and all the way delicious.

And it makes a fantastic after-dinner cocktail. 

6. Winter Waltz Cocktail

Do you love the winter months? The chilly weather, the falling snow, and all the festive gatherings with friends?

If you do, you’ll love this dreamy winter cocktail.

This rich, gently spiced drink will warm your belly on even the coldest of nights.

It’s perfect for sharing with friends while sitting next to a roaring fire. 

It’s also ideal for sipping in a hot bubble bath with your favorite winter candle burning.

So basically, it doesn’t matter how you enjoy it, just as long as you do. 

7. Fall Spritz

Averna isn’t just a winter drink, ya know. Add it to a dry hard cider, and it becomes one helluva festive fall treat.

This two-ingredient drink takes mere moments to whip up and tastes incredible

Add an orange twist for a little extra flair if you like. Heck, you could even burn the peel if you want to get fancy.

But honestly, this drink’s warm, rich flavor speaks for itself. It’s absolute proof that things don’t need to be complicated to be outstanding.

8. Paper Plane Cocktail

The Paper Plane cocktail is a pretty pink drink that uses just four ingredients. It’s a complex, well-balanced drink with a unique tartly bitter taste. 

I love to make one for after dinner. And though I wouldn’t call it a traditional palate cleanser, it works well all the same. 

Also, there are plenty of Paper Plane variations, so feel free to play around with the recipe if you like your drinks a little sweet (or even a little sourer).

You’ll find one that’s perfect for you in no time.

9. Sesame Boulevardier

The Sesame Boulevardier is similar to the Negroni.

It’s a twist on the traditional Boulevardier with an exciting taste that combines earthiness with sweetness.

The pineapple liqueur and black sesame-infused Averna shouldn’t work together, but somehow, they just do. 

And best of all, you can make it ahead of time. It doesn’t lose any flavor or potency after sitting, even for a few days.

That should save you some time when planning for holiday parties.

10. Spiced Averna Toddy

Who doesn’t love a Hot Toddy in the winter? I know I do.

But sometimes, you get tired of the same old thing. So if that happens to you this winter, make the Spiced Averna Toddy instead.

It features warming spices like cinnamon and black peppercorns, making it perfect for sipping while curled under a blanket, reading a good book.

11. Averna Cobbler

This fresh, bittersweet drink is so good that you won’t know what hit you.

Even if you’re not traditionally a fan of bitter drinks, I have a feeling you’ll enjoy this one. 

It has just enough bitterness to taste. However, the lemon juice and marmalade sweeten it up a great deal.

Garnish it with berries and sprigs of mint for a gorgeous, festive drink.

12. Coffee Amaro Cocktail

Need a morning pick-me-up? If so, give this coffee cocktail a try.

It’s a caffeinated jolt and a little hair of the dog; all rolled into one.

It’s wonderfully easy to make, too. You’ll combine cold-brew coffee, Averna, half-and-half, and orange bitters.

It tastes primarily like coffee, only with a bit of a kick. Plus, there’s just enough alcohol in it to liven up your day.

I like to serve these at brunch, and they’re always a big hit.

13. Averna Champagne Cocktail

This bubbly champagne cocktail is ideal for celebrating a formal occasion. But, of course, it’s excellent for the not-so-formal ones, too!

It’s bubbly, sweet-but-not-too-sweet, and just a tiny bit bitter with a lovely amber hue.

Better still, you can have it ready in five minutes or less, and it uses just three ingredients.

Adding an orange or lemon peel to garnish makes it even more beautiful.

13 Best Averna Cocktails for a Taste of Italy

If you haven’t tried any tasty Averna cocktails before, now’s the time! Bittersweet, with hints of orange and anise, this Italian drink is truly unique.


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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

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