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Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Spirits Aug 10, 2017

Richly rounded, deepened with the higher-proof version of artichoke-based amaro Cynar, this elegant and beautifully balanced drink was an early Columbia Room original, composed on the spot for a customer who wanted a daiquiri with Cynar in it.

You can do a traditional shake here, but another option is a reverse dry shake, in which the drink is shaken first with ice (for dilution and temperature); the ice is then strained out and the drink re-shaken to create a frothier head.

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Tested size: 1 servings

  • Ice
  • 1 ounce blackstrap rum
  • 1/2 ounce Cynar 70 liqueur
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce rich simple syrup (see NOTE)
  • 1 small pinch salt

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Chill a Nick and Nora glass or a coupe.

Fill a cocktail shaker two-thirds full with ice, then add the rum, Cynar, lemon juice, the rich simple syrup and salt. Seal and shake vigorously for 10 seconds, then strain into the chilled glass.

NOTE: To make a rich simple syrup, combine 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Bring just to a boil, then turn off the heat and let cool. Transfer to a heatproof container; cover tightly and refrigerate until chilled through. It can be stored indefinitely.

Recipe Source

From Derek Brown, president of Drink Company and former head bartender at the Columbia Room in the District.

Tested by M. Carrie Allan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 150

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 150mg 6%

Total Carbohydrates: 16g 5%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 14g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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