Our Founder Stanislao Cobianchi wanted to create a bottle as unique as the elixir it contains. This called for something different, something distinct. And thus, our iconic bottle was born. Although revisited over the years, it has and will always keep its distinctive vial characteristic, reminiscent of a potion conjured through alchemy.
THE ICONIC SHAPEA SYMBOL OF ALCHEMY
Our liquor was born in 1885 with the name Elisir Lungavita and immediately received notable recognition. 11 years later, marking the marriage of the charming Princess Elena of Montenegro to Prince Vittorio Emanuele III, Stanislao decided to dedicate his storied elixir to her royal highness, changing it’s name to Amaro Montenegro.
THE MEANING BEHIND THE NAMEA ROYAL BAPTISM
Amaro Montenegro uses 40 botanicals
that are selected from four different continents.
The botanicals are chopped,
mixed together in water and boiled
for just the right amount of time.
Select botanicals develop into extracts
thanks to maceration in an
aqueous-alcoholic solution for 20 to 30 days.
The distillation process creates
the heart of the spirit, its purest form
from carefully chosen botanicals.
At the end of this long and delicate process,
each using the 40 botanicals in their own unique way,
we are left with 12 essential extracts.
Adding to the secrecy of the recipe,
the 12 essences are blended together
and transformed into six aromatic notes.
After the six notes are blended according to the original recipe,
alcohol, water and sugar are added.
At the end of this process, Il Premio – which means “prize” in Italian - is added.
It is the seventh and final tasting note that is a result of
a micro-distillation of five unique botanicals.
The concoction is so intense, only a single drop in
a bottle is needed to complete our celebrated recipe.
(1 liter for every 15,000 bottles)
On November 27th, the global final of our mixology contest was held in the splendid setting of Palazzo De Toschi in Bologna. 10 countries for 10 finalists who have competed in many twist on classic based on Amaro Montenegro. The first global winner from Spain, Andrea Civettini with his Flor de Montes has been awarded a 3-day workshop in London alongside the best bartenders. Cheers!
The ten global finalist of The Vero Bartender contest were invited to a 5 day trip between Bologna, Firenze and Rome together with some of the world’s most famous and influential bartenders to discover and learn all the secrets of Italy and it’s drinking culture.
On September 17th, Markus Müller won the Berlin final of The Vero Bartender with The Journey, a precious twist on the Martinez, a timeless classic. A mix of ingredients collected around the world to honor Stanislao Cobianchi and its quest to find the perfect mix of herbals of Amaro Montenegro.
Aleks Jaworska has triumphed in the London final of September 24th with his Aperitivo Francescano, a drink inspired by the story of Stanislao Cobianchi and the perfect combination of flavors inside Amaro Montenegro. An original twist on the Bobby Burns cocktail with the soul of a true “Italian-style” aperitivo.
The Montenegro Residency is a 6-day immersion trip for leading mixologists to learn about and partake in the culture of Montenegro's place of origin. The residents visited the most famous and characteristic bar in Milan, Rome and Bologna.
Right people and great cocktails for an unforgettable experience upon the rooftop of the Gramercy Park Hotel with Urban Daddy.
Watch the "After Hours" of the Montenegro group with House of Yes. Burlesque, contortionists, aerial acrobats. One-Eyed Jack was the perfect venue for the event. MonteMule Montenegro and Mezcal, and the original Venetian Spritz Select were just some of the excellent drinks served.
Inspired by Montenegro's curiously complex and unforgettable flavor, Petrantoni's art installations juxtapose 19th century iconography with contemporary graphics featuring the 40 botanicals and signature flavor notes that make up Amaro Montenegro.
2 DROPS OF
An original twist on one of the most popular classics of the Italian tradition, this cocktail replaces bitter side with Amaro Montenegro's delicately herbal flavor, making the drink sweeter and more approachable.Preparation
Pour all the ingredients into a tumbler, fill it with a lot of ice, add the Angostura bitters, Mix and twist an orange peel.GLASS AND GARNISH
Serve in a tumbler and garnish with an orange twist.
A delicate and citrusy combination of Amaro Montenegro and ginger beer, in which the bitterness of the orange, mixed with the spiciness of the ginger, gives life to a great refreshing long drink.Preparation
Pour all of the ingredients into the copper mug full of ice and slowly mix.GLASS AND GARNISH
Serve in a copper mug and garnish with a slice of lime.
3 DROPS OF
Equal parts of Amaro Montenegro and Rye Whiskey, with a splash of Maraschino, make this cocktail a bold, complex, yet delicious option for the lovers of unique twists on classics.Preparation
Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass, fill with cubed ice and mix. Filter into an icy cocktail glass.GLASS AND GARNISH
Serve in a cocktail glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry.
MUDDLED LIME AND
Simple and refreshing, this cocktail celebrates the 130th anniversary of the brand, with a citrusy and bubbly combination of Amaro Montenegro, Lime, Sugar and Soda. Perfect for the Mediterranean Summer!Preparation
Cut 2 lime slices and place them in a glass along with 2 teaspoons of cane sugar. Muddle, add ice cubes, 2 part of Amaro Montenegro and 2 parts tonic. Mix from the bottom to the top.GLASS AND GARNISH
Serve in a tumbler and garnish with a slice of lime.
ice and orange peel
The perfect serve with Amaro Montenegro and tonic water, where the bitter notes of the quinine perfectly balances the bittersweet aroma of the amaro, giving to the drink a long refreshing aftertaste. Simple and versatile, is the original long drink for celebrate every occasion.Preparation
Pour all the ingredients into a tumbler, fill it with a lot of ice, mix and twist an orange peel.GLASS AND GARNISH
Serve in a tumbler and garnish with an orange twist.
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2017-2018 Best Bitter
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2018 China Wine &
Spirits Awards The China Wine & Spirits Awards is the biggest and most prestigious Wine & Spirits competition in China. All the judges are carefully selected for being the top buyers of wines and spirits in the market and are importers, distributors, retailers and sommeliers. Wines and spirits are from 55 countries and they are ‘blind tasted’.
2017 Best Bitter
in the World SIP Awards stands apart as one of
the most internationally recognized
consumer judging spirits