Cynar (CHEE-nar) is a digestif 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

  • 3:20 in the Morning — Scotch, Apple brandy, Drambuie, Cynar, Lemon juice, Honey syrup, Lemon peel
  • Padded Thai — Gin, Cynar, Ginger liqueur, Drinking vinegar
  • Talbott Leaf — Bourbon, Herbal liqueur, Cynar, Lemon juice, Mint, Strawberry preserves
  • Sichuan Firework — Baijiu, Cynar, Chambord, Bitters, Grapefruit juice, Simple syrup
  • Spanish Sigh — Cynar, Bonal Gentiane Quina, Demerara Rum, Bitters, Cream Sherry, Orange, Salt, Orange peel
  • Fault Line — Aquavit, Aromatized wine, Cynar, Carrot Eau-de-vie, Orange peel
  • Mr. Hyde — Amaro Nardini, Cynar, Sweet vermouth, Bitters, Strawberry, Demerara syrup, Mint
  • Nice Bitter Toast — Mezcal, Tequila, Cynar, Egg white, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Marmalade
  • Bitter Rival — Cynar, Virgin Islands Rum, Crème de mure, Lemon juice, Egg white
  • Continuum — Gin, Sweet vermouth, Herbal liqueur, Cynar, Curaçao, Orange peel
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