Cynar, a bittersweet amaro with artichoke among its various ingredients, is typically enjoyed by Italians over ice with a slice of orange. However, it has found its place in numerous cocktails, thanks to adventurous American mixologists who sometimes use it as a key ingredient. This holds for the Bitter Giuseppe, a Chicago bartender Stephen Cole's creation. In this cocktail, two ounces of Cynar take the spotlight.While it may seem audacious, you can consider it a Cynar-based Manhattan. Adding lemon juice, a lemon twist, and extra bitters brighten up the mix, making it more vibrant and refreshing than you might expect. It's a fantastic aperitivo cocktail. —Robert Simonson
- Combine the liquid ingredients in a mixing glass filled three-quarters with ice. Stir for approximately 30 seconds until well chilled. Strain the mixture into an old-fashioned glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with a twist.