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
- The Original Dirty Liver — Batavia Arrack, Maraschino Liqueur, Cynar, Bonal Gentiane Quina, Lime juice
- Smoking Jacket — Blended Scotch, Sweet vermouth, Cynar, Orange bitters
- Turkish Coffee — Dark rum, Coffee liqueur, Virgin Islands Rum, Cynar, Cardamom bitters
- Teenage Riot — Rye, Cynar, Dry vermouth, Amontillado Sherry, Orange bitters, Lemon peel
- Bitter Giuseppe — Cynar, Sweet vermouth, Orange bitters, Lemon juice