Where to buy digestifs in Southern California
Digestives may be exotic, but they aren't always obscure. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Jägermeister (Germany) is widely available, about $25.
Gammel Dansk (Denmark) is available at Wally's Wine & Spirits in Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606, http://www.wallywine.com; and Hi-Time Wines in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463, http://www.hitimewine.net, about $30.
Becherovka ( Czech Republic) is available at Wally's and at Hi-Time Wines, about $35.
Zwack (Hungary) is available at Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, http://www.winehouse.com; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454, http://www.winex.com; and Vendome Wine and Spirits, Beverly Hills, (310) 276-9463, http://www.vendomebeverlyhills, about $25.
Amaro Nonino Quintessentia is available at Wine Expo in Santa Monica, (310) 828-4428, http://www.wineexpo.com; K&L Wine Merchants, Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, http://www.klwines.com; Mel & Rose Wine & Spirits in West Hollywood, (323) 655-5557, http://www.melandrose.com; and the Wine House, about $40.
Averna Amaro is widely available, including at Silverlake Wine in L.A., (323) 662-9024, http://www.silverlakewine.com; Duke of Bourbon, Canoga Park, (818) 341-1234, http://www.dukeofbourbon.com; and Manhattan Fine Wines in Manhattan Beach, (310) 374-3454, http://www.manhattanfinewines.com, about $30, for 1 liter.
Ramazzotti Amaro is available at Wine Expo in Santa Monica; Beverages & More, (for locations, http://www.bevmo.com); Silverlake Wine; and Du Vin Wine & Spirits, West Hollywood, (310) 855-1161, http://www.du-vin.net, about $28.
Amaro Montenegro is available at John & Pete's Fine Wines & Spirits, West Hollywood, (310) 657-3080, http://www.johnandpetes.com; Vendome Beverly Hills; Manhattan Fine Wines; and Mel and Rose, about $30.
Cynar Amaro is widely available, including at Larchmont Village Wine in Los Angeles, (323) 856-8699; Wine Country in Signal Hill, (562) 597-8303, http://www.thewinecountry.com; Duke of Bourbon; and Wine Expo in Santa Monica, about $25.
Fernet-Branca is widely available, about $27.
Branca Menta is available at Flask Fine Wines in Studio City, (818) 761-5373, http://www.flaskfinewines.com; Vendome Beverly Hills; and Wine Expo in Santa Monica, about $35.
Chartreuse Verte is widely available, about $60. The VEP bottling is available at Du-Vin Wines and at Twenty Twenty Wine Merchants in West Los Angeles, (310) 447-2020, http://www.2020wines.com, about $150 for 1 liter.
Underberg Bitters is available at K&L Wines; Larchmont Village Wine; Bevmo; Vendome Beverly Hills; and Woodland Hills Wine Merchant, about $5 for three (20-milliliter) bottles.