Billy Lazzaro is our fun-loving friend who loves fun so much that he makes his living creating games. He lives in Cambridge, MA.
Cynar is an Italian bitter liqueur, think Campari but less sweet, made from a variety of spices and artichokes. Yeah, man. Freaking artichokes. Question: how bad ass is that? Answer: VERY! Open it up and take a deep long sniff and you’ll detect a subtle hint of the old carciofo. You can use Cynar for a variety of applications, but my go-to is the Little Italy.
I tend to like my Manhattans on the bitter side, and the Little Italy is exactly that—a tasty, bitter Manhattan. Traditionally this drink is made with rye, I believe, but bourbon works great as well. If you can’t find Cynar, you can use Campari instead, but it will be less awesome.
Garnish with a sour cherry or slice of orange if you want to zazz this baby up (optional).