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benzipperer Jul 10, 2006 05:39 PM

Which liquor stores in DC might carry or at least order some Cynar, the Italian artichoke-based bitter?

I'm looking to buy a bottle or three, not just a drink in a bar. Am not having much luck calling at random via the yellow pages.

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    leah RE: benzipperer Jul 10, 2006 06:17 PM

    Try Calvert Woodley / If you dont mind me asking, what are you going to do with it.

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      benzipperer RE: leah Jul 11, 2006 05:29 PM

      Leah, thanks! Calvert Woodley does carry Cynar: $16/bottle.

      I plan on drinking it, as an aperitif. A friend recently served it to me over ice, chilled, with a dash of soda and a slice of orange. I've also heard it mixes well with bourbon, kind of like a Manhattan with the Cynar substituting for vermouth.

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      KAZ RE: benzipperer Jul 10, 2006 07:19 PM

      Ahh, I love the stuff. Great summer drink. I am currently working my way through a bottle of the Sicilian version, Averna.

      If you can't find it in DC, I believe both Mastellone's and DiPasquali's up here in Baltimore carry it.

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        benzipperer RE: KAZ Jul 11, 2006 05:30 PM

        Kaz, how do you usually drink Averna? Just over ice?

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          KAZ RE: benzipperer Jul 11, 2006 06:03 PM

          Yes, that's how I normally drink it, though I'd love a great recipe.

          I do drink Cynar with the occasional splash of soda as you mentioned above.

          My favorite Cynar story is going into Brewer's Art and seeing a bottle behind the bar. I was pleasently surprised to see it available, so I asked for a drink on the rocks. The bartender looked at me like I had three heads. It was only after I pointed out the bottle that he believed me that they do have it. Another bartender came by and mentioned that the chef bought the bottle a few years ago to be used in a dish (?) and the leftovers made its way behind the bar. I still look for it each time I go in and monitor the level. It rarely moves.

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        mikesquirrel RE: benzipperer Jul 20, 2006 02:54 PM

        I was @ the wine source a store in hampden i know that they had a few bottles there.

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          coreytree RE: benzipperer Apr 6, 2007 07:01 AM

          Cynar is available at Snyder's on Capitol Hill in DC. Mass Ave & 3rd NE. It's a great shop with a very helpfull staff. FWIW, Jason Wilson of the Washington Post has just written an article concerning Cynar.
          http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/...

          1. jpschust RE: benzipperer Apr 6, 2007 07:10 AM

            I believe Ace Beverage carries it- I'd give Joe over there a call first and see if they've got a bunch of bottles. For things other than bourbon and wine I find that they have pretty good prices.

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              deangold RE: jpschust Apr 6, 2007 07:23 AM

              Cleveland Park usually has it or can order it.

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