Little Carl

2 oz Cynar
2 oz Dry vermouth, Sutton Cellars Brown Label
1 t Lemon juice
4 ds Bitters, Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged
1 pn Salt (as garnish)
Pour over hand hewn ice ball in double old fashioned glass, stir, top with pinch of salt
Floating a hand-carved two-inch sphere of ice garnished with salt, it's an enigmatic wonder that slowly unveils new dimensions a taste at a time.
Updated 1/16/2011. Original recipe had 1 oz vermouth, 1/4 oz lemon juice, and orange bitters Updated 5/1/2013. 1dash -> 4 dashes
From other users
  • Savory. Initial wine / vermouth gives way to savory Cynar flavors, acidity, and a lovely lingering bitter finish. Low in alcohol. A great drink to linger over. — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Went over surprisingly well with a mixed crowd. I did prefer it with 1/4 oz lemon; but I also didn't have time to savor one through its evolution, myself. — ☆☆☆☆
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Fantastic. Surprisingly so.

Fantastic. Surprisingly so. The secondary ingredients are subtle but vital, and the salt adds that extra level of complexity to balance it out. Highly recommend the salted ice garnish.

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Noticed the source link calls

Noticed the source link calls for 4 ds of the bitters... Delicious, and damn near cola-like this way. Got impatient and stirred in the salt after a couple sips... 2nd attempt, tried 2 ds each of the WBA and Peychaud's to see if I could amp up the cola-ness, but it didn't work out as well as I'd hoped. Next time I want to try 3 ds WBA, 1 ds Bitter Truth Creole and a (discarded) orange twist... Also, if/when I get an iSi whipper, this will be one of the first drinks I try carbonating.