Bitter Giuseppe


Published: 01/24/24

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Bitter Giuseppe is an aperitif, crafted from Cynar, sweet vermouth, fresh lemon juice, and orange bitters. Originating from a recipe conceptualized by Stephen Cole in 2007 at The Violet Hour in Chicago, USA.

At the heart of Bitter Giuseppe lies Cynar, a distinctive ingredient that lends a bitter and herbal character to the cocktail. Cynar is an Italian amaro, a type of bitter liqueur, renowned for its unique composition. Artfully crafted from a blend of 13 botanicals, including artichoke leaves, herbs, and plants, Cynar possesses a complex flavor profile. The artichoke infusion imparts a distinctive bitterness, while other botanicals contribute earthy and herbal undertones, creating a rich and layered taste experience.

Cynar’s inclusion in this cocktail serves as a testament to the versatility of this amaro. Its bitter and herbal notes provide a robust foundation for the cocktail, elevating it beyond a mere blend of ingredients to a carefully curated sensory experience. The use of Cynar in Bitter Giuseppe underscores the evolving nature of mixology, where bartenders harness the diverse flavors of unique spirits to craft innovative and memorable cocktails.

Bitter Giuseppe emerges as a rule-defying modern cocktail, challenging conventional mixological norms with its distinctive preparation method. Unlike the tradition of shaking cocktails with fresh citrus elements, Bitter Giuseppe boldly bucks the trend by opting for a stirring technique.

The decision to stir, rather than shaking the cocktail, despite the presence of fresh lemon juice, adds an intriguing layer to Bitter Giuseppe’s narrative. It showcases the nuanced understanding of how ingredients interact and meld together, proving that rules are meant to be bent in the pursuit of flavor perfection.

Bitter Giuseppe Recipe

  1. 60 ml Cynar

  2. 30 ml sweet vermouth

  3. 7.5 ml fresh lemon juice

  4. 6 dashes orange bitters

  5. Ice

  6. Garnish: lemon twist

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How to Make a Bitter Giuseppe

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice and add the Cynar, sweet vermouth, fresh lemon juice, and orange bitters.

  2. Stir for 10-12 seconds, until chilled.

  3. Strain into a lowball glass filled with ice.

  4. Garnish with a Lemon twist.

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