Aaron Polsky, Amor y Amargo | New York City

“This drink was truly a labor of love,” says New York bartender Aaron Polsky. The Amaris is named for a woman he wanted to win back and combines her favorite ingredients: bittersweet Gran Classico and Fernet Branca. “I struggled with it, and finally it came together when I added Strega,” he says. Built entirely from herbal liqueurs, it’s a super-layered drink with no reference-point within a specific cocktail family. “I look at this cocktail as an aggressive combination: It’s about finding harmony within oppression,” he says.


Serving: 1

  • 1/2 ounce Fernet Branca
  • 1/2 ounce Strega
  • 1/2 ounce Gran Classico
  • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth (preferably Dolin)
  • 12 drops Bittermens Burlesque Bitters

  1. Add all ingredients to a mixing glass.
  2. Add ice and stir until chilled.
  3. Strain into a chilled rocks glass.