Finding the Right Use for Gran Classico Bitter & Cynar
- patsully May 4, 2014 05:12 PM
Hi all, long time reader, first time posting. Some suggestions wanted for enjoying Gran Classico Bitter and Cynar.
The Negroni is currently my go to drink, but it's been an acquired taste. I hated it initially, but I built up my tolerance for the traditional 1:1:1 recipe over time by starting with less Campari and increasing the amount as time went on.
That led me to try out some Campari alternatives, but I haven't warmed to them as quickly. The Gran Classico tastes too sweet, which doesn't feel right as a substitute in a Negroni. Cynar on the other hand is so aggressively bitter that it seems a much better match for rye than gin (I've made this "Little Italy" cocktail many times: http://www.chow.com/recipes/28337-lit...).
Any other bright ideas for these apéritifs?
Have you discovered Kindredcocktails.com yet? Or http://cocktailvirgin.blogspot.com/? Both allow you to search by ingredient.
Haven't used Gran Classico at all, but favorites with Cynar include (all are on kindred cocktails):
Colonel Carpano (if you have Carpano Antica): maybe my favorite drink of all time
Gin-Cin-Cyn: don't worry if you don't have Cinzano. It works great with other sweet vermouths. It's a negroni with Cynar instead of Campari.
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