This weekend, Philadelphia will get a proper introduction to amaro, the herbaceous Italian liqueur that has taken the cocktail world by storm as of late, courtesy of Abe Fisher.
The Jewish diaspora cuisine-focused restaurant on Saturday, Dec. 3, will host James Beard Award-winning author Brad Thomas Parsons for an event celebrating the drink. Parsons' stop at Abe Fisher is the final on the book tour for his most recent release, Amaro: The Spirited World of Bittersweet Herbal Liqueurs, which focuses on the beverage's history and use.
The event, which runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., will feature tastings of more than 15 types of amari and amaro cocktails, guided by Parsons and Abe Fisher general manager Brian Kane. Hors d'oeuvres including borscht tartare, rye bite pastrami sandwiches, and crispy mushroom kreplach will also be available.
Here in Philadelphia, Abe Fisher has joined the craze, with several drinks on the restaurant's rotating cocktail list regularly featuring amaro as a primary ingredient. The "Bitter End," for example, features Cynar, an artichoke-based amaro, as well as as Campari, an amaro cousin, and Cocci Americano bianco, an aperitif wine. The "Amaro Never Knows," meanwhile, pairs amaro with rye and saffron.
The new Rarest restaurant at the Franklin (Ninth and Chestnut Streets) offers tableside amaro service.