After leading a search in the most influential mixology markets in the U.S., Amaro Montenegro introduced the signature 2016 #MadewithMonte cocktail at Tales of the Cocktail.

Amaro Montenegro, the number one amaro brand in Italy, today concluded its nationwide search for the 2016 signature amaro cocktail on Thursday, July 21st, 2016, when bartender William Perbellini beat nine regional finalists in a head-to-head mixology showdown at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans.

William Perbellini from Los Angeles, California, who is the Bar Manager of Bar Toscana, won with his ‘Montenegro a Colazione’ cocktail – meaning ‘Montenegro for breakfast’. The drink was inspired by the aromas and flavors of a classic Italian breakfast. The ingredients include: two ounces of Amaro Montenegro, one ounce of fresh lemon juice, half an ounce of L’Orgeat Almond Liqueur, one barspoon of apricot jam, three dashes of peach bitters and one barspoon of fresh egg white.

William Perbellini with Other Finalists

William Perbellini with Other Finalists

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An expert spirits panel of trade and industry professionals crowned the ‘Montenegro a Colazione’ as the “Signature Amaro Category Cocktail,” based on taste, originality, simplicity, balance, presentation, aroma, and name.

Montenegro a Colazione

‘Montenegro a Colazione’, The Signature Amaro Category Cocktail

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“We turned to the innovative minds working in some of the most influential mixology markets in the U.S. – New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago and Miami – where trends are developing and classics are being revitalized. With ‘Montenegro a Colazione’, we now have a delicious and original signature cocktail that highlights the versatile flavor of amaro and will undoubtedly make the category even more enjoyable for consumers.”
– Marco Ferrari, CEO, Gruppo Montenegro

William Perbellini receiving his prize

Marco Ferrari, CEO of Gruppo Montenegro presents William Perbellini with his prize. Perbellini was crowned the creator of the first signature amaro cocktail at Tales of the Cocktail 2016

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As part of his prize, William Perbellini will receive an all-expense paid trip to Bologna, Italy to visit the Amaro Montenegro Distillery. Additionally, his signature creation will also be showcased on CocktailCourier.com.

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