Cardamaro is digestif amaro from Piedmonte, Italy. It is wine based, and flavored with the cardoon, a relative of the artichoke, and blessed thistle among other herbs and spices. It is light brown, and 34 proof, which is low for typical amari.
Because it is wine based, Cardamaro has the oxidative tones in common with sweet vermouth and Madeira.
Some popular cocktails containing Cardamaro
- Il Peso — Irish whiskey, Cardamaro, Averna, Campari, Gran Classico, Orange peel
- The Kid with the Replaceable Head — Genever, Cardamaro, Sweet vermouth, Maraschino Liqueur, Absinthe, Lemon peel
- The Weight — Irish whiskey, Cardamaro, Luxardo Bitter
- Runaway Horses — Apple brandy, Cardamaro, Amaro, Grapefruit peel
- Romancing the Stone — Scotch, Cardamaro, Amaro, Herbal liqueur, Orange bitters, Grapefruit peel