Colonel Carpano

Reverse Cynar Manhattan of sorts
Combine in a mixing glass then add large ice cubes. Stir then strain over large ice. Garnish with an orange peel expressed and inserted.
A very long flavor ride from sweet to spicy to bitter and back.
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Created byKyle Davidson, The Violet Hour, Chicago
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Sasquatch on 12/14/2010


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

Anyone have any thoughts on how this might be with Punt e Mes instead of Carpano Antica?

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Probably very good, though very different. Punt e Mes has a heavy gentian bitterness and very little of Antica Formula's strong vanilla.

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.

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.

Easily my new favorite drink.

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.

Dan's picture

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

christina in tacoma's picture

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.

Dan's picture

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.

Dan's picture

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.

Zachary Pearson's picture

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 ;)

From other users

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. (4 stars)
As was said, good Manhattan alternative. (4 stars)
Excellent Manhattan sub. Cynar adds welcome bitter undertones. A real Friday unwinding drink. (4 stars)
Excellent and will try upping the Antica next time (4 stars)
Absolutely delicious. The small amount of CAF is apparent. Nice lingering bitter. Made with Knob Creek. (5 stars)

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