This spirit is literally the ‘Taste of Australia’.
It’s an Amaro – a type of bitter/herbal aperitif that have been popular for more than a century – famous for it’s use in the Negroni or Spritz. We like to take an Australian-spin on things – and dry aperitifs seem to epitomise a renaissance in contemporary Australian drinking.
It just so happens that seemingly – 90% of all native Australian botanicals are also intensely bitter. Probably something to do with the harshness of our climate – and one native ingredient stood head-and-shoulders above the rest when it came to Økar – Riberries. Otherwise known as Lilly Pilly.
The Riberry’s cranberry-tartness, hints of clove and bark-like bitterness make it well-suited for an Australian aperitif. Riberries aren’t the only stars in this beverage – alongside we see Davidson Plum, Finger Limes, Lemon Myrtle, Saltbush, Rivermint, Peppermint and Strawberry Gum Leaves (just to name a few!).