Cynar (CHEE-nar) is a digestif [ingredient=amaro amaro] invented in 1952. The brand is now owned by the Campari group. Cynar is flavored with thirteen different herbs and spices, but most prominently, artichoke.
Cynar is a medium brown color fading to golden yellow at the rim, fairly sweet, and low in alcohol — 33 proof. It smells and tastes like buttery honey, with prevalent tobacco notes, and an astringent, herbal finish.
Some popular cocktails containing Cynar
- Padded Thai — Gin, Cynar, Ginger liqueur, Drinking vinegar
- Fault Line — Aquavit, Aromatized wine, Cynar, Carrot Eau-de-vie, Orange peel
- In the Stacks — Scotch, Sherry, Cynar, Apricot liqueur, Bitters, Orange peel
- Smoke 'n Choke — Cynar, Stout, Scotch, Chocolate bitters, Whole egg, Brown sugar coffee syrup
- Suppressor #21 — Cynar, Amontillado Sherry, Chinato, Orange bitters, Grapefruit peel
- Interrobang‽ — Armagnac, Bénédictine, Cynar, Islay Scotch
- The Asian-ness — Japanese Whisky, Sweet vermouth, Campari, Cynar, Lemon bitters
- Partigiano — Cynar, Dry vermouth, Sweet vermouth, Ramazzotti
- Choke and Smoke — Cynar, Islands Scotch, Brown sugar cordial, Orange peel, Kosher Salt
- Ellen's Folly — Gin, Bianco Vermouth, Cynar, Grapefruit bitters, Meyer lemon juice, Honey syrup, Grapefruit peel