After tasting these three spirits together in different combinations, I realized that each one had a complementary thread. Rather then clash when combined, they played together well: muting the harsher aspects of each and accentuating the qualities I liked.
• ½ ounces Campari
• ½ ounces Cynar
• ¼ ounces Fernet Branca
• 1 ounce Cara Cara orange juice
• 1 ounce simple syrup
• ½ ounce lemon juice
Combine spirits with ice and shake until properly diluted (to about one ounce). Strain into chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with a grilled orange slice and chocolate mint sprig.
To read Derek's story about the uses of Cynar, and to learn about other cocktails that incorporate this unusual liqueur, click here.
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