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What is Cynar?

Cynar is a popular Italian bitter liqueur that is made from artichokes and other botanicals.

In this article, we’ll explore the history, flavors, and cocktails of Cynar, as well as some popular brands and how to use them in cocktails.

What is Cynar?

Cynar is a type of bitter liqueur that is made from artichokes and other botanicals.

The liqueur was first produced in Italy in 1952 and has since become a popular ingredient in cocktails around the world.

Cynar has a distinct bitter flavor that is often described as earthy and vegetal, with notes of caramel and citrus.

History

Cynar was first produced in Italy in 1952 by the Italian distillery, Fratelli Branca.

The liqueur was created by Angelo Dalle Molle, who was looking for a way to use artichokes in a new and innovative way. The name “Cynar” comes from the Latin word for artichoke, “Cynara.

Flavors

Cynar has a distinct bitter flavor that is often described as earthy and vegetal, with notes of caramel and citrus.

The liqueur is made from a combination of artichokes and other botanicals, including herbs and spices.

The exact recipe for Cynar is a closely guarded secret, but the artichokes are the key ingredient that gives the liqueur its unique flavor.

Cynar is produced by Fratelli Branca, the same Italian distillery that created the liqueur in 1952.

There are also several other brands that produce similar artichoke-based liqueurs, including:

  1. Cardamaro – an Italian liqueur that is made from cardoon, a relative of the artichoke.
  2. Cynara – a Spanish liqueur that is made from artichokes and other botanicals.
  3. Artichoke Amaro – an American liqueur that is made from artichokes and other botanicals.

Cocktails

Cynar is a popular ingredient in cocktails, particularly those that feature bitter flavors.

Some popular cocktails that use Cynar include:

  1. Cynar Julep – a refreshing cocktail that combines Cynar, mint, and soda water.
  2. Negroni – a classic cocktail that combines Cynar, gin, and sweet vermouth.
  3. Artichoke Sour – a twist on the classic whiskey sour that combines Cynar, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
  4. Cynar Flip – a rich and creamy cocktail that combines Cynar, egg, cream, and nutmeg.
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Written by Paul Kushner

I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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