Monthly Archives: June 2010

The Art of Choke

Artichoke really isn’t one of those flavors you expect to find at the bottom of a bottle. Offer a glass of “artichoke liqueur” to a friend, and you’re more likely to get a “WTF?!?!” than anything else. Yet, there is indeed an artichoke liqueur – Cynar – and leave it to the Italians to make it taste good. Its extremely bitter and vegetal, so when used as an ingredient in cocktails, it is generally used in modest quantities. However, this extremely awesome nightcap brings it front and center, layering on added elements with mint, demerara, chartreuse and a hint of lime.

1 ounce white rum
1 ounce Cynar
1/8 ounce fresh lime juice
1/8 ounce rich Demerara sugar syrup (2:1)
1/4 ounce green Chartreuse
Sprig of mint.

Bruise mint sprig with the other ingredients in a mixing glass. Stir with ice for 30 seconds, then strain over ice-filled Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with mint sprig.

Courtesy of The Violet Hour.