The Little Italy: a cocktail featuring Cynar

Something to savor.

Something to remember.

In our cocktail explorations we've developed a sweet spot for the wonder that is amari.

One like Cynar is particularly special because of its unique properties and its distinctive bittersweet flavor.

Cynar is a modern amaro, created in 1952 by an Italian entrepreneur. It draws on what are believed to be the flavor-enhancing properties of artichokes (though it doesn't taste like artichoke.)

It's the type of spirit you really have to consider.  And it rewards that consideration in spades, with a nuanced experience of earthy aroma, rich flavor, and lingering complexity, evolving over time.

In this cocktail, which made its debut at Pegu Club (RIP Pegu Club) in New York City, Cynar makes a particularly good match with the higher proof rye. The interplay of flavors create a delicious harmony of intensity.

We love this simple spirit-forward cocktail and find it particularly good after a delicious, rich, and satisfying meal. (Or while making one!)  


2 oz Wild Turkey 101 Rye
1/2 oz Cynar
3/4 oz sweet vermouth (we recommend Cocchi Torino or Carpano Antica Formula)


Stir all ingredients with ice until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a cherry.

Recipe via Punch magazine, from Audrey Saunders of the late, great cocktail joint Pegu Club

Comments on this post (1)

  • Jan 17, 2022

    Thank you for the note and for the Little Italy recipe. I saw it on the website, and I’ve made several them for my husband over Christmas. I heard about your company from watching Anders Erickson.

    I’m going to look for Mr. Black at a store. Your price is awesome, but the shipping is a bit high.

    I will still use your site to order sometime. But Mr. Black is nearly the same as the shipping ☺️


    — April Van Camp

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