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At Randolfi’s in St. Louis, Jeffrey Moll draws on a collection of 30 amari to create the Little Black Dress.

Amaro: The bartender’s secret tool

Complex bitters add nuance to cocktails

Amaro, the bitter liqueur concocted by macerating herbs, spices and fruit in a neutral spirit, has been enjoyed in Europe for hundreds of years. Lately, it has become a ubiquitous ingredient in American cocktails.

“Amaros are a great way to incorporate Italian liquors that have been around for generations,” said Ryan Karten, who oversees the bar menu at Officine Brera in Los Angeles. They can range in flavor “from the sweeter side to super bitter,” he said, and

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