Cheers, It’s Friday // Roman Holiday Cocktail

Roman Holiday Cocktail: Lemon, Honey, Amaro, Prosecco {Katie at the Kitchen Door}

Roman Holiday Cocktail: Lemon, Honey, Amaro, Prosecco {Katie at the Kitchen Door}

Hey! It’s Friday! And in honor of Friday, I have a nice fizzy cocktail for you. Actually, it’s a riff on a cocktail I had on Monday (because starting the week is as hard as ending it is relieving) at Coppa, where I enjoyed Trevor’s birthday dinner while he died of allergies across the table from me. I couldn’t recreate the duck prosciutto¬†or the liverwurst platter for him to try with renewed, allergy-free tastebuds, but I could make him another lemony Italian cocktail.

Roman Holiday Cocktail: Lemon, Honey, Amaro, Prosecco {Katie at the Kitchen Door}

This drink is made from amaro, honey-lemon-rosemary syrup, and a good splash of cold prosecco. I first discovered amaro only a few months ago, but since then I seem to be noticing it on cocktail menus all over the place. It’s an intensely flavored, dark, semi-sweet Italian liqueur that is great when mixed with lighter alcohols and flavors. Trevor said this was the best drink I’ve ever made for the blog – it falls right in the category of dark, not-too-sweet, fairly strong drinks that he likes best. It’s easy to whip up, so get to it – happy hour is almost over.

Roman Holiday Cocktail: Lemon, Honey, Amaro, Prosecco {Katie at the Kitchen Door}

Roman Holiday Cocktail

Serves 4.

  • juice from 3 lemons (about 3/4 c. total)
  • 1/3 c. honey
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 4 shots (1.5 oz) amaro
  • 1 bottle chilled prosecco
  • more rosemary, to garnish
  1. Mix lemon juice, honey, and rosemary together in a small pan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, then immediately remove from heat, stirring to dissolve honey. Let sit 5 minutes, then refrigerate until chilled.
  2. To make each cocktail, add 1/4 c. of the lemon-honey syrup and 1 shot of amaro to a tall glass. Top  off with prosecco, garnish with rosemary, and serve immediately.

6 thoughts on “Cheers, It’s Friday // Roman Holiday Cocktail

  1. This looks so good! Thank you for sharing. I love the flavor of bitter liqueurs such as Cynar and Fernet Branca and drinks made with them but don’t drink alcohol anymore so I was thinking that this could be made with a good quality bitters ( alcohol free) and soda water or Chinotto for a relaxing “mocktail”. I can’t wait to make this. Yum!

  2. That looks like a tasty Friday tipple! Hadn’t heard of amaro before – just looked it up and it seems like something I should try. Hopefully I’ll be able to source it, or something similar.

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