Cynar Julep

Cynar Julep
Cynar Julep
Cynar's vegetal bitterness, derived primarily from artichokes, pairs nicely with mint and grapefruit soda in this refreshing julep variation.Helen Rosner

Cynar's vegetal bitterness, derived primarily from artichokes, pairs nicely with mint and grapefruit soda in a julep variation that emphasizes its soft, oily texture. This recipe, which first appeared in our Jan/Feb 2014 SAVEUR 100 issue with the article Amari, comes from bartender Renato "Tato" Giovannoni of Florerèa Atlántico in Buenos Aires.

Cynar Julep
Cynar's vegetal bitterness pairs nicely with mint and grapefruit soda in this variation on a julep.
Yield: makes 1 cocktail

Ingredients

  • 14 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 sprigs mint, plus 1 for garnish
  • 2 oz. Cynar
  • 12 oz. simple syrup
  • 2 oz. grapefruit soda
  • Pink grapefruit slice (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Muddle lemon juice and 2 mint sprigs in an old fashioned glass. Add Cynar, simple syrup, and crushed ice; stir. Top with grapefruit soda; garnish with a mint sprig and a pink grapefruit slice.