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.


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.


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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