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Saturday Afternoon Event Focuses on Amari History and Regionality

Salt Lake City (May 5, 2016) – Amari, Italian herbal liquors will be the focus of a spirited educational event from 4 until 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at Under Current, Salt Lake’s hottest urban chic cocktail bar. Led by celebrated mixologist Amy Eldredge and well-known wine and spirit educator, Jimmy Santangelo, the event will focus on various different styles and tasting notes. These will pair with charcuterie and cheese, along with two amari-based cocktails. Cost to attend is $55. RSVP by calling 801-574-2556 or emailing 

Guests will begin with the “Toronto” cocktail, made with Fernet Branca, rye and simple syrup with an orange twist. Then they will explore nuances of Amari selections: Santa Maria, Averna, Zucca, Ramazotti, Cynar and Montenegro amari. To close out the event, the “Paper Plane” cocktail, made with lemon, Aperol, Amaro Nonino and bourbon, will be served.

Amaro-which translates to ‘Bitter’ in Italian (plural “Amari”) are typically digestivos, or digestifs, meaning they are drunk after dinner to 'aid with digestion' OR drunk before dinner to stimulate appetite. Their alcohol content can range from 16 to 40 percent and they are typically consumed neat, in cocktails or on ice. Amari are made by macerating roots, herbs, flowers, bark, peels, etc. and mixed with sugar or syrup, and are often aged in a cask.

“Amari were originally created as medicinal tonics, and have historically been used as such. Amari are all very different in flavor profiles, and often production,” said Eldredge. “Due to the cocktail resurgence this product has re-gained popularity, yet many people aren’t familiar with the various styles.”

Amari selections are a focus at the Main Course Management’s newest restaurant Stanza Italian Bistro & Wine Bar, as this is a classic Italian staple. Stanza will be featuring a variety of vermouth and amari cocktails and flights. Each month, Under Current’s General Manager Amy Eldredge and Jim Santangelo, the director of beverage for Main Course Management, will lead an educational tasting event. 

About Under Current Bar

Inspired by famous cocktail bars in New York and the Pacific Northwest, this new upscale casual downtown neighborhood bar is sure to be on everyone’s list of favorite haunts. Created to perfectly complement Current Fish & Oyster next door, Under Current provides an elevated bar experience with stellar cuisine from Chef Logen’s kitchen, some of the best new craft cocktails, a thoughtful wine program and extremely knowledgeable and mature staff. Both contemporary and comfortable, it’s the perfect place to build relationships, wow your new client or just enjoy friends in an atmosphere pleasantly devoid of blaring music or televisions on every wall. 270 South 300 East, Salt Lake City, Utah. 801-574-2556.