Amaro Lemon Balm Digestif with Burdock Root Swizzle Sticks

Dana loves her husband Michael’s amaro recipe, she likes to sip on it ice cold. Just the picture of Dana and Michael sipping on this cocktail after a long day’s work is satisfying enough for me, yet the bittersweet taste of this cocktail can only be upstaged by the cooling and soothing qualities of the lemon balm.
June 01, 2013


For the amaro:

In a chilled lowball glass filled with ice, combine the amaro, lemon balm and soda and stir well. Add a burdock root swizzle stick and fresh lemon balm leaf for garnish.

For the swizzle sticks:

Scrub the burdock root well, making sure to get rid of any dirt but leaving the peel or outer layer intact. Cut the burdock root in quarters, making long sticks. You can “whittle” the sticks to make them thinner if desired depending on the size of the burdock root you are using. Drizzle a little lemon juice on the swizzle sticks and refrigerate until use.


  • 3 ounces amaro (Vecchio Amaro del Capo, or Michael’s recipe if you can get it!)
  • 1½ ounces seltzer water
  • 2-3 drops of Field Apothecary Lemon Balm Tincture
  • Burdock root swizzle sticks
  • Fresh lemon balm leaf
Swizzle Sticks
  • 1 burdock root, evenly sized
  • Juice of 1 lemon
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