Gran Classico is an aperitif amaro now made in Switzerland, but from a 1860's recipe from Turin. Ingredients include bitter orange, rhubarb, gentian, and wormwood.
Gran Classico is a warm reddish-amber color that lacks the neon aspect of Aperol or Campari. It tastes like a theoretical blend of 2/3 Aperol and 1/3 Campari, but it's less sweet and lingers more like Campari. It's 56 proof, and tastes a bit less sweet than Campari.
Like all aperitifs, Gran Classico does well over ice with some citrus and soda. It's also a good substitute for either Aperol or Campari.
Some popular cocktails containing Gran Classico
- Las Meninas — Sweet vermouth, Gran Classico, Brandy, Bitters
- Brawny Man — Amaro dell'Erborista, Scotch, Coffee liqueur, Gran Classico, Orange peel
- Bad Word — Gin, Herbal liqueur, Lime juice, Gran Classico
- Bunbury — Rye, Chinato, Gran Classico, Absinthe, Lemon zest
- Ransom Negroni — Old Tom Gin, Sweet vermouth, Gran Classico, Orange peel