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Bitter Giuseppe (Cynar Manhattan)

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


The Bitter Giuseppe is a modern classic cocktail that’s essentially a Cynar Manhattan! The popular Italian liqueur adds intriguing bittersweet notes. 


  • 2 ounces Cynar
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice (1/4 ounce)
  • 1/2 tablespoon orange bitters (6 dashes)
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice!)
  • Lemon twist, for garnish


  1. Combine the Cynar, sweet vermouth, lemon juice, and bitters in a cocktail mixing glass (or any other type of glass). Fill the mixing glass with 1 handful ice and stir continuously for 30 seconds.
  2. Add ice to a lowball glass, and strain the drink into the glass (or you can use a cocktail glass without ice). Garnish with a lemon twist
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan