Colonel Carpano

Reverse Cynar Manhattan of sorts
1 12 oz Cynar
1 12 oz Bourbon, Buffalo Trace
34 oz Sweet vermouth, Carpano Antica Formula
2 ds Peychaud's Bitters
1 twst Orange peel
Instructions
Combine in a mixing glass then add large ice cubes. Stir then strain over large ice. Garnish with an orange peel expressed and inserted.
Notes
A very long flavor ride from sweet to spicy to bitter and back.
From other users
  • Absolutely delicious. The small amount of CAF is apparent. Nice lingering bitter. Made with Knob Creek. — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Excellent and will try upping the Antica next time — ☆☆☆☆
  • Excellent Manhattan sub. Cynar adds welcome bitter undertones. A real Friday unwinding drink. — ☆☆☆☆
  • As was said, good Manhattan alternative. — ☆☆☆☆
  • As suggested by someone here, tried it with Ramazzotti and like it. Next time I'll bump the bourbon up in the mix (just a tad sweeter than I like it). I'll also try it with Rye. — ☆☆☆☆
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11 Comments

Absolutely delicous

I made it with Knob Creek. The Carpano Antica was readily apparent. Not overly sweet. A Manhattan for the adventurous. Beautiful lingering bitter tones in the finish.

Zachary Pearson's picture

Fantastic drink

Had the guys at Anvil make this for me, subbing Rittenhouse 100 for Bourbon and Zucca Amaro (rhubarb based) for Cynar... It was all bitter chocolate and wintry spice and enough citrus for balance. Really really good, and makes me want a bottle of Cynar ;)

Ooh, ooh, just got a bottle

Ooh, ooh, just got a bottle of Zucca. Good stuff. I've added it as an ingredient in Kindred Cocktails. And, yes, you do want a bottle of Cynar.

christina in tacoma's picture

This drink grew on me. I did

This drink grew on me. I did need more Carpano Antica- I ended up closer to 1:1:1. I used Black Maple Hill Bourbon.

Curated to spell out Colonel

Curated to spell out Colonel in the title to make it easier to find. Old URL's to cocktail/col-carpano will still work.

Seconded. This is the best

Seconded. This is the best cocktail of the ones I've tried on this site so far, a lovely mix of two things I love (Cynar and Manhattans!). A new favorite.

Definitely a good one for

Definitely a good one for slowly sipping and appreciating. Maybe a touch on the sweet side for my palette, so may have to adjust the Cynar and Antica formula down a touch. Flavor combination is brilliant and lends itself well to experimentation with bitters and garnish.

Yeah, I don't know why I had

Yeah, I don't know why I had to ask. It was awesome with Punt e Mes. Less "chocolatey" than the original, but still outstanding.

Works pretty well with other

Works pretty well with other variations of amaro and bitters. I like Ramazotti instead of Cynar here, for example.