The Bitter and Twisted Martini

The Amaro Week cocktail series continues with The Bitter and Twisted Martini, a reverse amaro cocktail.

The Bitter and Twisted Martini

Hailing from Bormio in Italy, Amaro Braulio is made from botanicals that include gentian, wormwood, yarrow, roots, alpine herbs and juniper, aged for up to 2 years in oak barrels for the flavours to integrate and mellow.

The Bitter and Twisted Martini is a reverse Martini which puts Braulio centre stage. Braulio contains juniper which plays very nicely with gin as the combination of botanicals provides complexity to the drink. If you’re a gin Martini drinker and enjoy classic cocktails, this one is big on flavour.

For more information about amari, refer to the Essential Guide to Amaro.

The Bitter and Twisted Martini Recipe


  • 60 ml Braulio
  • 30 ml London Dry gin

Glassware: Martini glass
Garnish: grapefruit peel


In a mixing glass, stir Braulio and gin with ice until cold. Strain into a chilled Martini glass. Express the grapefruit peel over the drink and garnish. Best served very cold.

Other cocktails in the Amaro Week series: The MontevitRabo de Galo, White Negroni, Outback Galah, The Bitter Smoke, Black Manhattan, Rising Sun in Trinidad

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The Bitter and Twisted Martini was last modified: September 30th, 2017 by Corinne Mossati
Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of Cocktails & Bars and popular online magazine Gourmantic. She is named in the Australian Bartender Magazine Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy who judges the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions. Read the full bio here.