If you know your way around an Aperol Spritz, are acquainted with Campari and could sip Negronis all day (well, as much as propriety allows), perhaps it’s time to meet the next-level amaro: Cynar. (Pronounced chee-NAR, not SY-nar). Another classic Italian liqueur, it’s made with a number of botanicals, chief among them the artichoke, whose image graces its bright red label. There’s nothing particularly artichoke-y about the flavor, although its woodsy, earthy characteristics might remind you of one.
Like all amari, (Italian herbal liqueurs) Cynar is a balance of sweet and bitter, although this guy is further toward the bitter end than most. Swap it for Campari in a Negroni, sip it simply from a tiny glass at the end of a meal or try it in one of these three simple cocktails—all guaranteed to sweeten you toward the particular taste of bitter.
Easy: Cynar and Soda