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Amaro Cocktail Recipe with Vodka and Ginger Beer


This Amaro Cocktail recipe with vodka and ginger beer is unique and totally delicious! Ready in just minutes, this tasty Amaro cocktail isn’t just for fancy cocktail lounges. Make this delicious mixed drink at home.

An Amaro cocktail with ginger beer and orange-infused vodka.
Let’s make this easy Amaro Cocktail recipe with vodka.

To make this Vodka Amaro cocktail, I used Averna Amaro which the brand sent to me. All opinions and thoughts are mine.

This Amaro Cocktail Recipe is So Easy

You’ll love this Vodka and Amaro cocktail if you like complex flavors (similar to cocktail bitters) and trying new, old things!

Amaro is an Italian liqueur that has been around since the 19th century and is bittersweet with herbal notes. It’s sometimes used as a digestif, you know, in places and with people who take their cocktails SERIOUSLY. I’ve never seen anyone request a digestif. Ever.

I first got to try Amaro in Las Vegas and thought it was super interesting and added such a unique flavor. So I decided to mix a vodka cocktail with it at home and it’s good enough to share.  

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You know when I am just learning about something, I prefer to use an established recipe and get a feel for how experts use it. I just like to dabble in mixed drinks so my knowledge is not broad.

I picked a recipe that had some of my favorite flavors as I thought that would be a good way to see how the Amaro works in a beverage. Since vodka is pretty neutral, you really get to taste the amaro.


Ingredients to make an Amaro cocktail with citrus infused vodka.
Here’s what you need to make a tasty Amaro cocktail with lemon.

Any drink with ginger beer is a friend of mine. I find it so refreshing and flavorful and I often drink it straight out of the bottle. It is my soda of choice.

I also love me some Meyer lemons (but regular lemons also work), they have this wonderful sweetness to them that I just adore (not odd at all that I adore a fruit, right?). 

Homemade orange-infused vodka for cocktails.

And then I made an orange-flavored vodka. You can use regular vodka if you don’t have time to make your own. Or buy a pre-made citrus vodka.

This orange-infused vodka is my newest fave. It was so easy to make and adds a really great depth of flavor to the drink. The orange flavor is subtle but delightful. 

How to Make an Amaro Cocktail

Woman squeezing meyer lemons for an Amaro cocktail.

Step 1

To a cocktail shaker, add the vodka, lemon juice, and Amaro.

Step 2

Add ice and shake well.

Step 3

Strain the cocktail into a short cocktail glass over fresh ice.

Step 4

Top with about 2 ounces of ginger beer.

What does Amaro Taste Like?

Averna amaro siciliano for homemade cocktails.

The Averna Amaro was really nice. I felt like it added tasty spice notes to the drink. 

I would liken it to bitters

It adds a caramel color to the drinks you make with it and I think this would go really well in fall cocktails.

There is a richness that would maybe feel a bit heavy in summer drinks. Maybe? But of course, it can be done. 

Lemon and ginger beer make this delicius Amaro cocktail.

Save this Amaro cocktail recipe for later! It’s full of flavor and unique and refreshing cocktail to sip at home.

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Amaro Cocktail Recipe

This simple Amaro cocktail recipe with vodka and ginger beer is refreshing and super easy to make.
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Course: cocktails
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Calories: 228kcal
Servings: 1 cocktail



  • 1 oz lemon
  • 1 oz Averna Amaro
  • 1 oz orange flavored vodka
  • 2 oz ginger beer


  • Add lemon juice, Averna Amaro, and orange flavored vodka in a cocktail shaker.
  • Add ice and shake well.
  • Strain over ice in a short glass with fresh ice.
  • Top with ginger beer.


I prefer to use Meyer lemons since they are a little sweeter but regular work fine too. 
I use homemade flavored vodka but you can use store-bought or plain vodka. 
Nutrition information will be slightly off as the software didn’t have Amaro as an option. 
This would also be fantastic muddled with fresh orange pieces, berries, or even peaches.


Serving: 1drink | Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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