3-Ingredient Happy Hour: The Pleasantly Bitter Cynar Fizz

Happy weekend, and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour, the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. This week I am making a fizzy, bitter, Italian liqueur-fuelled beverage: The Cynar Fizz.

Photos by Claire Lower.

If, like me, you’re a fan of the iconic Campari, but are looking to branch out, Cynar is the next bottle you should buy. You may notice there’s an artichoke on the label, and that’s because this bottle of booze is made with artichokes. But, rather than making the liqueur taste like a steamed vegetable, it lends a woodsy quality. The result is a somewhat bitter, but pleasantly herbaceous liquid that can be used just as one would use Campari.

If you think that zest looks orange, it's because all I had were Meyer lemons.

If you think that zest looks orange, it’s because all I had were Meyer lemons.

To me, it has all the bitterness of Campari, but it just tastes — and looks — a little more like autumn. I keep it very simple, adding just a little lemon and carbonated water. To make this spritz, you will need:

  • 60mL Cynar
  • 30mL fresh lemon juice
  • 60mL carbonated water

Grab a lowball and chuck a big ol’ ice cube in there. Add the Cynar and lemon, stir, and top with carbonated water. Sip and enjoy.