Bitter Giuseppe

What’s better than a bit of Cynar? A whole shitload of Cynar! The Bitter Giuseppe is hails from the violet hour in Chicago where it was invented by Stephen Cole. I stumbled on the drink after trying its cousin the “Salty Stephen” which uses 2 oz of Sweet Vermouth, 0.75 oz of bourbon, and a bit of Cynar with a dash of salt for good measure.

The verdict? The original is better-er (and bitter-er).

Cocktail with city in the background
Bitter Giuseppe Cocktail


  • 2 oz Cynar
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth (Carpano Antica)
  • .25 oz Lemon Juice
  • 6 Dashes Orange Bitters


Old Fashioned


  • Add all ingredients to a mixing glass.
  • Stir and strain into an old fashioned glass over a single big ice cube.
  • Garnish with a lemon peel.

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