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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.

October 08, 2015

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

1 ounce Campari
1 ounce navy-strength gin, such as Plymouth or Perry’s Tot
1 ounce Cynar 70 Proof

Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a rocks glass over one large ice cube. Express a lemon peel over the top of the cocktail and serve.

Ultra-Proof Manhattan
Makes one drink

2 ounces high proof rye whiskey like Lock Stock & Barrel or Wild Turkey 101
1 ounce Cynar 70 Proof
2 dashes Angostura bitters

Stir the ingredients with ice and strain into a coupe. Flame an orange peel [http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/cocktail-basics-techniques#flamingatwist] over the top and serve.

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