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One sophisticated cocktail, coming right up. I put my own personal spin on a classic Manhattan with some of my favorite Italian flavors – artichoke, fennel and citrus! This cocktail traditionally would use bitters along with the vermouth and whiskey, but I gave it an Italian spin with Amaro liqueur – specifically, Cynar, which is made from artichokes. I find that Amaro liqueurs have a very complex flavor that can really rival conventional bitters, and in this case, it adds a ton of flavor. Cin cin!
- 2 ounces rye whiskey
- 1/2 ounce artichoke liquor such as cynar
- 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth such as Campano Antica
- 1 petal of fennel
- 1 strip of orange zest
- As seen on: Giada in Italy, Episode 2. Italian Cocktail Party.
- To a cocktail glass filled with ice add the rye, artichoke liquor and sweet vermouth. Stir for 30 seconds to chill. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice and garnish with the fennel petal and orange zest.