Gran Classico is an aperitif amaro now made in Switzerland, but from a 1860's recipe from Turin. Ingredients include bitter orange, rhubarb, gentian, and wormwood.
Gran Classico is a warm reddish-amber color that lacks the neon aspect of Aperol or Campari. It tastes like a theoretical blend of 2/3 Aperol and 1/3 Campari, but it's less sweet and lingers more like Campari. It's 56 proof, and tastes a bit less sweet than Campari.
Like all aperitifs, Gran Classico does well over ice with some citrus and soda. It's also a good substitute for either Aperol or Campari.
Some popular cocktails containing Gran Classico
- A Polite Discretion — Guatemalan rum, Pear liqueur, Gran Classico
- Blue Monday — Lemon vodka, Gran Classico, Blueberry, Simple syrup, Lemon juice
- Malicious Mischief — Rye, Gran Classico, Bitters, Rose vermouth, Lemon peel
- Clock Water and Smoke — Blanco tequila, Gran Classico, Crème Yvette, Mezcal, Blackberry, Lime juice, Hellfire Habanero Shrub, Agave syrup
- Viking's Cup — Aromatized wine, Gran Classico, Aquavit, Applejack, Bitters