Here is one of the cocktails in the latest "Kitty & Coley" column for Tidal Magazine. As mentioned before, it's all about Amari (amaros), a digestif liquor that isn't for everyone but is lovely once you've acquired the taste. "Burnt Ends" is a good introductory cocktail to Amari by way of combining the caramel-y Amaro Montenegro and a sweet taken to the edge of bitter with burnt sugar. Talented photographer and friend Ryan Robert Miller took the beautiful image above.
This amaro cocktail is on the sweeter side and easy to love. The burnt sugar simple syrup really makes it.
2 ounces Amaro Montenegro
1 ½ ounces bourbon
1 ounce burnt sugar simple syrup*
Fill shaker glass halfway with ice. Add amaro, bourbon, and simple syrup. Stir until chilled, and strain into a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with a lemon peel.
To make burnt sugar simple syrup, melt ½ cup of sugar in a nonstick saucepan over medium high heat, till just past the point of caramelization, about 6 minutes. (Watch it carefully because this will happen in a flash once the sugar starts to melt.) Once it reaches the color of molasses and you smell it just start to burn, take it off the heat and keep stirring for another minute or so. Let cool slightly and add in, very slowly, ½ cup of warm water and stir until combined. Be very careful as the sugar and water can splash and burn you.