The Little Italy: a cocktail featuring Cynar
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The Little Italy: a cocktail featuring Cynar

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Something to savor.

Something to remember.

In our cocktail explorations we've developed a sweet spot for the wonder that is amari.

One like Cynar is particularly special because of its unique properties and its distinctive bittersweet flavor.

Cynar is a modern amaro, created in 1952 by an Italian entrepreneur. It draws on what are believed to be the flavor-enhancing properties of artichokes (though it doesn't taste like artichoke.)

It's the type of spirit you really have to consider.  And it rewards that consideration in spades, with a nuanced experience of earthy aroma, rich flavor, and lingering complexity, evolving over time.

In this cocktail, which made its debut at Pegu Club (RIP Pegu Club) in New York City, Cynar makes a particularly good match with the higher proof rye. The interplay of flavors create a delicious harmony of intensity.

We love this simple spirit-forward cocktail and find it particularly good after a delicious, rich, and satisfying meal. (Or while making one!)  

Ingredients

2 oz Wild Turkey 101 Rye
1/2 oz Cynar
3/4 oz sweet vermouth (we recommend Cocchi Torino or Carpano Antica Formula)

Method

Stir all ingredients with ice until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a cherry.

Recipe via Punch magazine, from Audrey Saunders of the late, great cocktail joint Pegu Club

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