About Averna

Let us share with you the origins,
recipes and rituals of Averna.

Averna is the Authentic Italian Amaro

Since 1868, Amaro Averna has represented true Sicilian craft with a story rooted in heritage and tradition.

Its recipe transmits the flavors and aromas of the land it comes from

and has become a staple in every Italian home, passed down from generation to generation.

La Receta

The Early Beginnings

The secret recipe was crafted in the early nineteenth century by the Benedictine monks of Abbazia Di Santo Spirito. They produced a liqueur that told the unique aromas and flavors of the land through Mediterranean herbs and a typical contrast of sweet and bitter flavors.

La tradicòn Familiar

The Family Tradition

In 1868, the recipe was gifted by the monk Frà Girolamo to the textile merchant Salvatore Averna as a token of gratitude for his commitment to the local community. He began producing it in his family farmhouse for guests in Xiboli. By the early 1900s, the recipe and business were passed to Salvatore’s son, Francesco Averna, who spread the word at fairs in Italy and abroad.

La Patente de la Casa Real

The Royal Household Patent

It was during a visit to King Umberto I in 1895 that Francesco was gifted a golden brooch with the Savoy House emblem to mark the drink’s ever growing status in Italy. In 1912, Vittorio Emanuele III bestowed Averna the right to print the royal coat of arms with the inscription “Royal Household Patent” on its bottle.

Anna Maria Averna

Anna Maria Averna

The 1920s was a difficult period, but in between two wars, Averna came at the hands of a woman. Francesco’s wife, Anna Maria, took the reigns of the business, who, along with her children, Salvatore, Paolo, Emilio and Michele, continued to expand the brand, reaching the American market. In 1958, Averna became a corporation (Fratelli Averna S.p.A.).

Averna en la Actualidad

Averna Today

In 1978, Averna became a leader in the Italian market and a constant presence in Italian households. By the 90s, it gained further worldwide recognition, reaching more distant markets, such as the USA. In 2014, Fratelli Averna S.p.A’s group was bought by Gruppo Campari, strengthening its global portfolio and consolidating its leadership status in the category. 


The heart of the Averna production, the infusion of herbs, is carried out in Caltanissetta, in central Sicily and bottled in the Gruppo Campari plant. It is made according to the traditional recipe that has remained unchanged since 1868 and that includes a lengthy infusion process that is undoubtedly one of the most unique and authentic in existence today.


The process begins by combining the specially selected herbs, roots and natural spices. Then all ingredients, such as pomegranates, and the essential oils of bitter oranges and lemons, are weighed, ground and lastly, mixed and infused with pure alcohol for an intense aromatic blend.


The liquid is then mixed with water and sugar until it reaches the right alcohol content, and is subsequently filtered and mixed with more of the same ingredients. The mixture is then left to stand until all the ingredients are thoroughly blended. Once the ideal intensity of taste and smell is reached, Averna is ready to be bottled and enjoyed.



Averna has a mouth-coating and bittersweet taste, carrying hints of orange and licorice, balanced with notes of myrtle, juniper berries, rosemary, and sage. It stimulates the senses, instantly transporting you to the island, and making Averna not just an amaro, but an authentic Sicilian experience.

Don Salvatore

don salvatore

Averna - the authentic Italian after-dinner amaro is celebrating its 150th anniversary with the launch of the first ever aged edition, Averna Riserva Don Salvatore.

The ancient Averna recipe is aged in small selected oak casks for 18 months, producing a mature liquid and rich Mediterranean bouquet inspired by Don Salvatore Averna,

who received the secret recipe as a gift from Frà Girolamo, a Benedictine monk of Caltanissetta, Sicily, 150 years ago.

Don Salvatore production

The production of Averna Riserva Don Salvatore is a closely guarded secret that begins with combining herbs, roots and natural spices with aromas and fragrances of Sicilian citrus. Its sophisticated blend of subtle flavors leave a smooth after-taste that enhance the overall quality experience.

An enchanting mixture of wooden scents blend with touches of spices and dried fruits, including fig, berries, plums and a hint of liquorice. All ingredients, including essential oils from lemon and bitter orange peels, pomegranate, herbs and fruits, are selected with care and infused with pure alcohol.

Mixed with water to bring it to the right alcohol content, it is then filtered and mixed with additional natural ingredients such as sugar, alcohol, burnt sugar and water. The product is then left inside oak barrique barrels in a cellar for 18 months until all ingredients are thoroughly blended.

A wait that is nothing but worth.