The Art of Choke

For the herbaceous palate, Cynar and Charteuse fans unite!
1 14 oz Cynar
1 oz Rum, Flor de Caña (4yr or other white rum)
14 oz Green Chartreuse (Fat quarter)
18 oz Rich demerara syrup 2:1
18 oz Lime juice
1 ds Bitters, Angostura
2 spg Mint (one as garnish)
Combine liquids in mixing glass, add mint and gently muddle. Let sit 1 min. Stir, then strain into rocks glass over large ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.
From other users
  • Very good. Bitter. Slow drinking. Added 1/2 tsp Menta Branca to simulate the missing mint. Good (but not as good as when made with fresh mint). Doesn't need the syrup. — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Original recipe calls for 1 oz of Cynar. Minty, bitter, and quite delightful, although the rum is completely lost under the rest. — ☆☆☆☆
  • A touch too much sweetness for me, but not egregiously. Like the minty element and could maybe do with some extra help in that area (add more fresh mint, or add fernet branca or creme de menthe). Bitterness is just right. — ☆☆☆☆
  • Whoa. Intensely herbacious. — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Cynar/rum- herbal, bitter, minty
  • Used Rhum Agricole which had the unfortunate resulting taste of rubber tires. — ☆☆☆☆
  • Did not get this drink at all. — ☆☆
  • Used mint bitters instead of mint (did ~½ dash mint and Angostura each). Excellent drink! Distinctly bitter and herbal. Maybe too sweet? Might slim (or skip?) the syrup next time. — ☆☆☆☆
  • I'm a big fan of bitter, but to me, the rum gets lost with these proportions. I bumped it up to 1.25 oz, and also increased the demerara syrup to 0.25 oz. Still quite herbal. — ☆☆☆☆
  • I've had it both ways and I think I slightly prefer shaken. Both ways, though, a phenomenal cocktail. — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Skip the syrup. Used over-proof Wray and Nephew. Can taste everything now. — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • So herbal, delicious — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Very Jager-esque w/ less sweetness and substantially more nuance; delicious and perfectly integrated drink — ☆☆☆☆☆
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christina in tacoma's picture

I like this. I made it side

I like this. I made it side by side with the Art of Choke since they look pretty similar and I wanted to compare. I prefer this rum choice ( I did sub Clement VSOP since I don't have- and have not tried- the Canne), and the slightly larger quantity of lime and syrup balances the bitterness of the Cynar more to my taste.

This cocktail is so similar

This cocktail is so similar to the Art of Choke that I wonder if we need both. I tried it with Clement VSOP and like it, but found it too sweet as written. I have not tried Clement Premier Canne, but I wonder if an agricole with more hogo, like Rhum JM might give it added character.

christina in tacoma's picture

I think it would make sense

I think it would make sense to merge them with the quantity differences given as options, and a couple rum suggestions with notes on the different flavors they would contribute. In any case, that would help a rum newbie like myself. I need to check out this Rhum JM I keep seeing noted around here...

The cocktail "Reckless

The cocktail "Reckless Abandom" was merged into "The Art of Choke." While they were created by entirely different people, they have nearly the same ingredients and have the same overall idea.

Reckless Abandon was created by Justin James Noel, Empire Rooftop Lounge & Contemporary Cocktails Inc., NYC and was posted by user endless_optimism. Reference:

It contained
1oz Rhum Agricole (Clement Premier Canne)
1oz Cynar
1/4 oz Lime juice
1/4 oz Rich demerara syrup
1/4oz Green Chartreuse
1spg mint as garnish

Made this with Depaz Agricole

Made this with Depaz Agricole before I learned not all rums are interchangeable and had to pour it down the sink.
2 months later I made it with Wray and Nephew and it was lovely.

blue_94_trooper's picture

Made one the other night for

Made one the other night for the first time in a while and it was even better than I remembered.  This is a truly outstanding cocktail.

I've been making this with Niessen Agricole Blanc and think its grassy funkiness amps up the herbaceous qualities of the Art of Choke.  I've never had the Depaz so I can't say what may have set off the previous commenter.  I recently got a bottle of the Wray & Nephew and will try that the next time I make one.

Edit: Tonight I tried one made with Wray & Nephew Overproof. Didn't really like it at all. The W&N added nothing but alcohol heat and the balance seemed lost. I felt it was necessary to be positive so in the interest of the greater good I made a second with the Niessen and it was much better!