From navy-strength gin to cask-strength whiskey, high-proof spirits are all the rage right now. And now, a liqueur wants to play this ultra-boozy game. Cynar, an artichoke-based Italian bitter, just unveiled a new 70-proof formula—double the original product's alcohol level.
Unsurprisingly, Cynar 70 Proof tastes a lot like the old Cynar—just more intense. It’s rich, sweet (but not too sweet), with a nutty, mildly bitter finish. Sipped alone, it’s a terrific digestif; over ice, it’s a great before dinner drink. But to truly take advantage of the spirit’s higher alcohol content, you need to use it in a cocktail and put it up against some other heavy hitters. Here, two ultra-proof cocktails to make using the new Cynar 70 Proof.
Ultra-Proof Cynar Negroni
Makes one drink