This is based on a Manhattan variation called a Little Italy. Instead of rye whiskey, it calls for Spanish brandy de Jerez, such as Lepanto, Fundador, Cardenal Mendoza or Gran Duque d'Alba.
Cynar is an artichoke-based Italian amaro.
- 1 1/2 ounces Spanish brandy (see headnote)
- 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
- 1/2 ounce Cynar
Fill a mixing glass halfway with ice. Add the brandy, vermouth and Cynar. Stir vigorously, then strain into a chilled cocktail (martini) glass.
From Spirits columnist Jason Wilson.
Tested by Jason Wilson and Michael Taylor.
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