I’ve been really into Cynar lately.
Like, really into it. If you haven’t heard of it before, Cynar is an Italian liqueur made from 13 different herbs and plants, most notably artichoke, from which it gets its name and majority of its flavor. With a low ABV of only 16.5%, as well as it’s balanced bitter, yet lightly sweet characteristics, Cynar definitely falls into the category of “apertif-disgestif.” This means that not only is it wonderful to enjoy by itself, but it is also wonderfully versatile for mixing into cocktails—for example, whiskey cocktails.
Lately, I’ve been taking my newfound obsession with Cynar and experimenting with different flavors. One flavor that I’ve found works extremely well with Cynar is Meyer lemon. These wonderful, magical citrus whose growing season begins in November, are a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange. They have a natural sweetness to them, and are especially floral, which perfectly complements the artichoke sweetness found in Cynar. I chose to add in Bulleit Bourbon because it is a great whiskey to mix with cocktails and carries a very lovable kick due to its high-rye mash bill. The Rosemary garnish upon your first sniff instantly transports you to calm, soothing times daydreaming in the forest breathing in crisp, winter air. I find it to be the perfect balance of herbal, sweet, and boozy. But don’t take my word for it— mix one up yourself.
Still on the fence about buying a bottle of Cynar for your bar? I get it, but let me assure you, this purchase will not disappoint. Considering it generally sells for about $20 a bottle, its an extremely affordable and versatile addition for any home bar. Cynar is also typically a lot easier to approach in comparison to other, often more abrasive amari. It can be served on the rocks, with a twist, or used in a cocktail like you would with bitters. A dash or two of Cynar will greatly change the flavors of a drink, adding in some sweetness, a bit of curiosity and some herbaceous-ness (not a word, but sounds good). Did I mention its great for an after dinner digestif or an upset stomach as well? Trust me, get the Cynar.
Plan on mixing one up this weekend? Share your creations with us on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #TWWCocktails and #TheWhiskeyWomen. Happy imbibing!