This cocktail was invented by Duggan McDonnell author of ‘Drinking the Devil’s Acre’. He invented the mix to showcase the Averna liqueur which he uses as its base. This cocktail is a great look for a Halloween party due to its bloody looking top mixing slowly with the ginger ale below.
Amaro Averna is a popular Italian bitter digestif – a drink consumed traditionally after a meal to aid digestion. The secret recipe was originally made in 1868 and has not changed since, an infusion of many herbs and spices to make a bittersweet liqueur than can be drank on its own, or more recently added into cocktails to enjoy in a new way. The drink is a dark brown colour and very thick, although the entire recipe is a secret you can tell there is a pomegranate, citrus, rosemary and juniper berries in the mix by the taste and smell.
The history is said to start in the early 1800s with the Benedictine monks of Abbazia Di Santo Spirito, who made the elixir of herbs believing it had therapeutic properties. The recipe was then gifted to Salvatore Averna, born into a family of drapers he grew up in Caltanissetta becoming a very active member of the community. Salvatore’s son Francesco Averna was the one who started to advertise the drink and introduce it to the rest of the world.
In this drink the Averna is the top layer of the drink, if you don’t mix the drink you will get a taste evolving experience as you drink down the glass.
Here is the recipe for the Vertigo:
- 15 ml lemon juice
- 120 ml ginger ale
- 60 ml Averna liqueur
- In a highball glass filled with ice stir lemon juice and ginger ale together.
- Float the Averna on top of the drink.
- Use a lime wedge to garnish the glass.
- High ball glass