No Mint Bittered Cynar Julep

1 12 oz Rum, Matusalem Classico
1 oz Cynar
12 oz Branca Menta
12 oz Demerara syrup (scant)
1 ds Bitters, Angostura
1 sli Lime (end slice, squeezed, turned inside out)
Stir with ice and strain over fresh ice. Squeeze lime slice over drink -- like it's a twist, not a wedge, with skin out -- and drop it in.
Bitter haters, beware. Bitter lovers, I offer you love & happiness.
Variation on the Cynar Julep from Beta Cocktails.
From other users
  • Very challenging drink to be savored. The original would be too sweet for me. Added 1/4 oz lemon and omitted the syrup. — ☆☆☆☆
  • Thanks for an opportunity to use some Branca Menta. Cynar adds a savoriness to the drink. — ☆☆☆☆
  • Rum- bitter, herbal, sweet
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1 Comment

Zachary Pearson's picture

Drinking one now...

It's pleasant. I subbed Clement VSOP for the Matusalem. I think it lacks a bit of oomph in the midpalate, and nothing really stands in the forefront. Perhaps a rinse of Fernet Branca to punch up the bitter?