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Lush Guide to Amaro Lucano

It seems like Amaro Lucano is everywhere right now. It is the official Amaro partner of The Asia’s 50 Best Bars & The World’s 50 Best Bars 2022 edition! If you have a bottle of Amaro Lucano already, time to dust it off and start drinking it. If not, welcome to the world of Amaro Lucano!

Amaro Lucano bottle with the Italian Cobbler cocktail

Born in the small town of Pisticci in one of my favorite parts of Italy, Basilicata aka the instep of the book that is Southern Italy. (Lucano is another name for Basilicata.) Amaro Lucano, one of the most famous Italian herbal liqueurs, was the brainchild of the Vena family, in particular pastry chef, Pasquale Vena. In the late 1800’s, he created the recipe of 30 herbs that would remain sacred to this day.

It became so popular that in 1900, the family became the official supplier to the House of Savoy and thus they were allowed to put their coat of arms on each bottle, where you can still see it today.

What is Amaro Lucano

Although still a secret recipe, the family does reveal a few of the botanicals used in production: Holy Thistle, musk yarrow, bitter orange peel, clary sage flower, gentian, angelica, artemisia absinthium, Roman wormwood (artemisia pontica), and so many other different herbs and essential oils.

This mix of herbs is infused with a solution of pure alcohol and water in large tanks and then aged for five months. More flavors are added, then it is filtered and the finished product is bottled. What emerges is a delicate blend of different herbs with equal amounts of sweetness with a bitter edge.

Amaro Lucano bottle with the Lucano cup cocktail

How does Amaro Lucano taste

Amaro Lucano is bitter enough to be firmly planted in the Amaro category. They also have a special Amaro Lucano Anniversario which I have not tried yet.

  • Color: Dark Chocolate, almost deep purple hue
  • Nose: You can miss those herbel notes: anise, wormwood, pine, and orange zest!
  • Taste: The bitter edge of the gentian cuts through the floral notes and the cherry sweetness to be a perfect balance of all.
  • Finish: The herbs win out and the slight bitter flavor lingers on it your mouth
  • Alcohol: 28%


  • Gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2014
  • Three stars at the Superior Taste Award 2014
  • Silver Medal (Gold Medal for the Caffè Lucano) at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, Brussels

Where you can buy Amaro Lucano

Amaro Lucano bottle

You can find Amaro Lucano here

Top Tip(ple)🍸: If you love Amaro, try Amaro Montenegro, which you can read about here! Or try Fernet Branca or Amaro Ciociaro!

How you drink Amaro Lucano

Amaro Lucano is served either neat or over ice in a rocks glass with an orange peel, but it can definitely be used in cocktails. You can substitute it for sweet vermouth in any cocktail, especially a big, bold boozy cocktail like the Boulevardier or any Negroni-style drinks. The fruity sweetness enhances the caramel flavors of the bourbon and makes it unforgettable.

Cocktails made with Amaro Lucano

Italian Cobbler
Add a festive twist to your holidays with the Amaro Lucano Cobbler recipe. Enjoy the season's flavors in a delightful Italian-inspired cocktail!
Check out this recipe
Amaro Lucano Cobbler
Lucano Cup
The Lucano Cup is a tantalizing blend of Amaro Lucano, gin, vermouth, and orange bitters, crafting a nuanced and aromatic cocktail with herbal, citrusy, and bittersweet notes.
Check out this recipe
Amaro Lucano Cup

Why Lush Life loves it

I am an Amaro fan and on top of that adore a digestivo, so my cupboard is full of Amari. I turn to Amaro Lucano when I want a traditional Italian liqueur with a low alcohol content and decisive taste. I can’t help thinking its jammy cherry taste would go fabulously with a dark chocolate chaser!

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