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5 Amaro Montenegro Swaps for Cocktails and Cooking

Life’s too short not to experiment with your drinks and dishes. We’ve had our fair share of cocktail flops and kitchen disasters, so you don’t have to.

Trust us, Amaro Montenegro is incredible in a Negroni, but what else can it do? There are so many creative uses for this fantastic liqueur, and frankly, we’re a bit obsessed.

Here’s a little secret: it’s surprisingly versatile. From your next dinner party cocktail to a secret ingredient in sauces and desserts, we’re excited to share our top picks for Amaro Montenegro swaps.

Ready to shake things up? Let’s go.

5 Easy Substitutes for Amaro Montenegro

The best part about experimenting with Amaro Montenegro is that there are no rules. You can swap it for other ingredients in your cocktails and recipes without having to worry about messing up the flavor completely. So go ahead, get creative!

Here are five suggestions to get you started:

SubstituteTasteTextureRatioSuitable Dishes
Averna AmaroHerbal, caramel, orangeSyrupy1:1Manhattan, Negroni, tiramisu
Ramazzotti AmaroCitrus, mint, licoriceSmooth1:2Boulevardier, Americano, gelato
Nonino AmaroFloral, vanilla, honeySilky1:1Sidecar, Vieux Carré, panna cotta
AperolBitter orange, rhubarb, vanillaBright, effervescent1:1Spritz, Americano, fruit salad
CampariBitter, citrus, herbsVibrant, bold1:1Negroni, Boulevardier, grapefruit salad

1 – Averna Amaro

First, let’s chat about Averna Amaro. We love Averna for its rich, syrupy texture and warming blend of herbs and spices. It’s like a cozy blanket in a glass.

How does it stack up against Amaro Montenegro? Both have an orange twist, but Averna’s more robust and earthy. Montenegro’s floral notes are brighter.

We swap Averna for Montenegro at a 1:1 ratio. Try it in Negronis or over ice cream for a twist.

Craving more options? Check out our guide to Averna Amaro substitutes here.

2 – Ramazzotti Amaro

The next time you’re in the mood for a delicious digestif, reach for Ramazzotti Amaro. Made with over 30 herbs and spices, it’s bold and complex, just like Amaro Montenegro.

Worried about overpowering your cocktail or dish? Just use less of it compared to Montenegro. We suggest starting with half the amount and adjusting to taste.

Feeling adventurous? Try swapping half of the sweet vermouth in your Manhattan with Ramazzotti!

3 – Nonino Amaro

If you’re up for a twist, Nonino Amaro might just be your new best cocktail buddy. Nonino brings a citrus kick with a hint of caramel, a unique flavor profile we adore.

Start with a 1:1 swap for Amaro Montenegro. It’s smooth and a bit lighter. Want to impress at your next dinner party? Try Nonino in a spritz.

Nonino also works well in desserts, like drizzling over vanilla ice cream or adding to tiramisu. For more ideas, check out our guide on best Nonino Amaro substitutes.

4 – Aperol

The fun twist on Aperol is its vibrant orange hue and bittersweet taste. Aperol is lighter and less bitter compared to Amaro Montenegro. It’s got a playful citrus flavor that’s refreshing.

We love it in spritz cocktails or even in desserts. A 1:1 swap for Montenegro works great. It’s a bit sweeter, so keep that in mind.

Here’s a tip: Aperol blends well with bubbly drinks like Prosecco. Curious about other options? Check out our guide to Aperol substitutes for more ideas.

5 – Campari

Last but definitely not least, let’s talk about Campari. It’s known for its bold red color and bitter, yet slightly sweet flavor. Campari is way more bitter than Amaro Montenegro, so it’s perfect for those who love a serious punch.

We swap it at a 1:1 ratio. Feeling fancy? It’s awesome in a Negroni or even a spritz. Pro tip: Mix Campari with soda and lime for a quick, refreshing drink.

For a full list of options, check out our guide to Campari substitutes.