Game Set Match

We’ve been thinking a lot about Cynar lately and how it pairs so well with bourbon.  This recipe is a variation on a manhattan, a classic bourbon cocktail.

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Game Set Match
2 oz. Bourbon
½ oz. Cynar
½ oz. Sweet vermouth
4 dashes Bitters
2 dashes Orange bitters

Stir all ingredients together with ice for about 30 seconds.  Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry and lemon twist.

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This cocktail is well balanced with enough bitterness to satisfy sophisticated palates.  The orange bitters are the key to brightness here, and if you’d like more, feel free to dash a couple more times than called for.  We used a lower proof bourbon as directed in the original recipe so that the whiskey didn’t overpower the more delicate vegetal notes of the Cynar.

April 15, 2013 | Comments | Permalink |

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