This March, the Charleston Wine + Food festival returned for its 13th year, highlighting the city’s thriving culinary scene and attracting many of the country’s most talented chefs and bartenders. This year, TBS was proud to have Amaro Montenegro featured at two of the festival’s main events.
Amaro Montenegro is a bitter-sweet herbal liqueur, made in Bologna, Italy since 1885. Crafted from a secret blend of 40 botanicals, the recipe still remains the same today. Montenegro is a favorite amaro in Italy and has become one of the world’s most beloved bitter digestifs.
Amaro Montenegro shines at “That’s Amore”
On Thursday evening the Charleston Visitor Center was transformed into an Italian paradise for “That’s Amore,” with nineteen chef stations and twelve beverage stations serving everything from crostini to carbonara. The Amaro Montenegro station featured drinks made by Bar Mash’s head bartender Teddy Nixon—named Charleston’s best bartender by Thrillist—as well as Montenegro’s Brand Ambassador, Eliott Montero. They served up a specialty cocktail called the #41, consisting of Amaro Montenegro, cucumber, citrus and bitters, topped with S. Pellegrino Pompelmo and garnished with fresh mint—a light and bright concoction perfect for a warm spring evening. They also poured “Monte on Tap”, Montenegro served chilled and neat strait from the tap; an ideal way for guests to become acquainted with the specialty liquor’s unique flavor profile, and to act as an digestif for those who consumed one too many antipasti.
Cory Fitzsimmons and William Elliott Craft Monte Cocktails
Over the weekend, Marion Square in downtown Charleston was transformed by Charleston Wine + Food into a food-lover’s dream. For all three days, Amaro Montenegro served up delicious amaro cocktails to the crowds. Helming the Montenegro booth were two talented bartenders who have worked at many of New York City’s best drinking establishments—Cory Fitzsimmons and William Elliott. The cocktail spotlighted during the weekend event was a Southern Montea, made with Amaro Montenegro, fresh lemon juice cinnamon simple syrup and black tea—a refreshing, southern-inspired, drink—as well as Monte on tap.
Amaro Montenegro’s Unique Flavor Profile
Over the course of this year’s Charleston Wine + Food events, Amaro Montenegro Cocktails were sampled by over 5,000 people. For many of the customers, this was their first time tasting an amaro. By allowing customers to taste Amaro Montenegro both on its own and as part of a carefully crafted cocktail, they were able to truly distinguish the amaro’s unique flavor profile as well as see its versatility. TBS and Amaro Montenegro look forward to seeing what exciting culinary opportunities there are to partake in next year at 2019’s Charleston Wine + Food. Salute!