Lucciola – A Craft Vecchio Amaro del Capo Cocktail

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Lucciola - A Craft Vecchio Amaro del Capo Cocktail in a nick and nora glass

I’m a big fan of buying random bottles of alcohol I see at the store, which is probably why I have so many bottles I have never even opened. I bought a bottle of Vecchio Amaro del Capo and it’s been chilling in my freezer for a couple months. I finally decided to make a craft cocktail using this amaro, and after a few attempts I think I have a winner, Lucciola.

I named this drink Lucciola, the Italian word for firefly, because of the color of the cocktail. This drink is so delightful it’s quickly become a hit with my friends.

What Is Vecchio Amaro del Capo?

A bottle of Vecchio Amaro del Capo

Vecchio Amaro del Capo is an amaro, a type of herbal liqueur popular in Europe. You may know one of the most popular amaros by the name of Jagermeister. Or the fact the modern Paper Plane cocktail is made with Amaro Nonino.

Vecchio Amaro del Capo is made from distilled sugar beets and infused with 29 herbs, spices, roots, flowers, fruits, and more. Of course the full recipe is a family secret, and has been for over 100 years.

How To Make A Lucciola Vecchio Amaro del Capo Cocktail

Lucciola Ingredients

This drink is quite easy, although you might need some ingredients you don’t have. Usually I’ll say forget it, but I really do like this cocktail, plus the ingredients are useful in other drinks.

Ingredients

50 ml Vecchio Amaro del Capo

35 ml Passoa Passionfruit Liqueur

25 ml Manzanilla (Spanish Sherry)

20 ml Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed

5 ml Saline Solution 20% (optional, but recommended)

25 ml Aquafaba (or half of an egg white)

cocktail shaker set

Instructions

In a cocktail shaker add all of the ingredients with a few chunks of ice and shake hard for 5-10 seconds. Double strain into a Nick&Nora or a coupe glass and garnish with a fresh slapped sage leaf.

Lucciola - A Craft Vecchio Amaro del Capo Cocktail

What Does This Drink Taste Like?

In my opinion I believe the flavors from the amaro really come through. The herbal bitterness is balanced nicely by the sweet passionfruit liqueur, and rounded up with the acidity of Manzanilla and lemon juice.

Vecchio Amaro del Capo has strong orange peel and anise/licorice notes, and those flavors do come through. In a way it reminds me a bit of gin because of the floral botanicals.

If you don’t like aquafaba you can of course use egg white, but I find that aquafaba foam lasts quite a bit longer when properly shaken.

Lucciola - A Craft Vecchio Amaro del Capo Cocktail

LUCCIOLA – A CRAFT VECCHIO AMARO DEL CAPO COCKTAIL

The Lucciola is my go at creating a new cocktail using Vecchio Amaro del Capo. And I have to say I think I made a winner. This drink is a perfect before dinner cocktail, and the best way to describe it is…pleasant.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine: American, European
Keyword: amaro cocktails, Manzanilla, Passoa, vecchio amaro del capo
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 268kcal
Cost: $2

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker

Ingredients

  • 50 ml Vecchio Amaro del Capo
  • 35 ml Passoa passionfruit liqueur
  • 25 ml Manzanilla Spanish sherry
  • 20 ml Lemon Juice freshly squeezed
  • 5 ml Saline Solution 5% (optional)
  • 25 ml Aquafaba that's the water from a can of chickpeas

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with a few chunks of ice. Shake hard for 5-10 seconds, then double strain into a Nick&Nora or Coupe glass. Garnish with a freshly slapped sage leaf and enjoy!

Notes

If you don’t want to use aquafaba you can substitute for the same volume in egg whites

Nutrition

Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin C: 8mg
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Lucciola – A Craft Vecchio Amaro del Capo Cocktail

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