Archive for the ‘Cynar’ Category

A Couple of Articles on Amari

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Just a quick post to note that a new issue of DRiNK is out. This issue looks at the wonderful world of amari, and I have a couple of articles. The first story looks at the origins of amari. The second looks at amari cocktails, namely the ever-popular Black Manhattan, and the obscure but tasty Brooklyn Heights.

Not much else to say except to note that it’s nice to see Amaro Montenegro is now available in China- check out the Tasting Room article. If you ever come across this stuff I recommend trying it on the rocks with Bacardi 8 (equal parts) and an orange slice. Simple and delicious.

La Cosa Nostra

Monday, May 19th, 2008

I was trying to think of more uses for Cynar, the Italian artichoke-based aperitif that somewhat resembles Campari. I decided its bitter vegetal notes would be complemented by Kola Tonic and threw this one together. I think it works, though perhaps the Tia Maria could be toned back to 1 tsp.

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Cynar has has one of the coolest label designs out there (more…)

Experimenting with Pineau des Charentes

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

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Pineau Experiment No. 6 was perhaps the best of the bunch. . .

The next step was to try mixing some drinks of my own using Pineau des Charentes.

Pineau turned out to slightly awkward stuff to mix with, probably on account of it having such a mild taste. My natural inclination was try substituting pineau in recipes that traditionally call for other aperitif wines (i.e. following well worn patterns like Manhattans and Martinis). This approach did not work well.

While I did not come up with anything truly exceptional, several experiments yielded one or two promising results. (more…)