Cynar Spritz Cocktail Drink

Cynar Spritz

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Written by Gavin Wrigley

Are you looking for a unique aperitif cocktail? This Cynar Spritz recipe is your answer! It’s a tasty drink, full of exciting stuff, and you can make it easily.

Cynar Spritz Recipe

Embrace the indian summer with this simple Cynar Spritz recipe! Crafted with Cynar, sparkling wine, and soda water, this refreshing cocktail is an ideal companion to celebrate the last drinks on the patio of the year.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

276 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Cynar
  • 3 oz Prosecco
  • 1 oz soda water
  • Ice cubes
  • Grapefruit slice or twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Wine Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Add Ice: Fill the glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Cynar: Pour 2 oz Cynar into the wine glass.
  • Add Prosecco: Pour 3 oz Prosecco into the glass.
  • Add Soda Water: Top off the mix with 1 oz soda water.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently.
  • Garnish: Place a grapefruit slice or twist into the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Cynar: If you don't have Cynar on hand, you can use another amaro like Averna, Montenegro or Ramazzotti. They will change the flavor profile slightly but still work well in this cocktail.
  • Prosecco: Any sparkling wine can be used in place of Prosecco. I've used both cava and champagne with excellent results.
  • Soda Water: Club soda or any unflavored sparkling water can be used as a substitute for soda water.

Making a Pitcher of Cynar Spritz:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Cynar, 24 oz of Prosecco, and a generous splash of soda water.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Cynar, Prosecco, and soda water. Stir gently.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual ice-filled wine glasses, garnish with a grapefruit slice or twist, and serve immediately. Make sure to finish it within a few hours, while the prosecco and soda water are still fizzy.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Cynar Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic amaro substitute; these are available and do a reasonable job mimicking the bitter-sweet flavor of Cynar.
  • Prosecco Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic sparkling wine or even sparkling water for the fizz.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The Cynar Spritz cocktail is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. However, some wine producers may use animal products in their production process, especially during filtration. Always check the brand's website or contact them directly to ensure their products are vegan.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
276
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.2
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.1
g
1
%
Sodium
 
18
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
33
g
11
%
Sugar
 
27
g
30
%
Potassium
 
96
mg
3
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.1
g
Calcium
 
10
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.3
mg
2
%

 

Cynar Spritz Cocktail Drink

Cynar Spritz Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Embrace the indian summer with this simple Cynar Spritz recipe! Crafted with Cynar, sparkling wine, and soda water, this refreshing cocktail is an ideal companion to celebrate the last drinks on the patio of the year.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 276

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Cynar
  • 3 oz Prosecco
  • 1 oz soda water
  • Ice cubes
  • Grapefruit slice or twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Wine Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Add Ice: Fill the glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Cynar: Pour 2 oz Cynar into the wine glass.
  • Add Prosecco: Pour 3 oz Prosecco into the glass.
  • Add Soda Water: Top off the mix with 1 oz soda water.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently.
  • Garnish: Place a grapefruit slice or twist into the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Cynar: If you don't have Cynar on hand, you can use another amaro like Averna, Montenegro or Ramazzotti. They will change the flavor profile slightly but still work well in this cocktail.
  • Prosecco: Any sparkling wine can be used in place of Prosecco. I've used both cava and champagne with excellent results.
  • Soda Water: Club soda or any unflavored sparkling water can be used as a substitute for soda water.

Making a Pitcher of Cynar Spritz:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Cynar, 24 oz of Prosecco, and a generous splash of soda water.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Cynar, Prosecco, and soda water. Stir gently.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual ice-filled wine glasses, garnish with a grapefruit slice or twist, and serve immediately. Make sure to finish it within a few hours, while the prosecco and soda water are still fizzy.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Cynar Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic amaro substitute; these are available and do a reasonable job mimicking the bitter-sweet flavor of Cynar.
  • Prosecco Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic sparkling wine or even sparkling water for the fizz.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The Cynar Spritz cocktail is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. However, some wine producers may use animal products in their production process, especially during filtration. Always check the brand's website or contact them directly to ensure their products are vegan.

What is a Cynar Spritz?

A Cynar Spritz is an Italian aperitif cocktail made of Cynar, Prosecco, and soda water. The key ingredient, Cynar, is a bitter liqueur made from 13 herbs and plants with artichoke being the most predominant. This drink is super easy to make as it only requires mixing the three ingredients directly in the glass. It’s a variant of the classic Venetian Spritz, replacing the traditional Aperol or Campari with Cynar for a more herbal flavor profile.

A side shot of a Cynar Spritz cocktail in a wine glass on a multicolor tray placed on a turquoise surface surrounded by a jigger and a bar spoon, in front of a red background

What is a Cynar Spritz made of – The ingredients

These are the ingredients you need to create a Cynar Spritz:

  • Cynar: An Italian bitter liqueur made from 13 herbs and plants, with artichoke being the most predominant. It gives the spritz its unique, slightly bitter flavor.
  • Prosecco: A sparkling white wine from Italy. It adds effervescence and a touch of sweetness to balance out the bitterness of the Cynar.
  • Club Soda: A carbonated water that provides additional fizz and dilutes the drink to make it more refreshing.
  • Grapefruit zest: Used as garnish. It adds a hint of citrus flavor and a pop of color to the drink.

Cynar, Prosecco, and soda water laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Cynar Spritz?

Follow our clear steps to make your own Cynar Spritz:

1
<p>Start by filling the glass with a generous amount of ice cubes. This will ensure that your Cynar Spritz stays cool and refreshing for longer.</p>

Start by filling the glass with a generous amount of ice cubes. This will ensure that your Cynar Spritz stays cool and refreshing for longer.

2
<p>Then, pour 2 ounces of Cynar into the wine glass. Cynar is an Italian bitter liqueur made from artichokes and other botanicals, and it gives the spritz its distinctive flavor.</p>

Then, pour 2 ounces of Cynar into the wine glass. Cynar is an Italian bitter liqueur made from artichokes and other botanicals, and it gives the spritz its distinctive flavor.

3
<p>Add 3 ounces of Prosecco to the glass. Prosecco is a sparkling white wine from Italy, and it adds a touch of sweetness and effervescence to the drink.</p>

Add 3 ounces of Prosecco to the glass. Prosecco is a sparkling white wine from Italy, and it adds a touch of sweetness and effervescence to the drink.

4
<p>Top off the glass with a splash of club soda. This adds a bit more fizz and dilutes the drink slightly, making it a perfect aperitif or cocktail hour sipper.</p>

Top off the glass with a splash of club soda. This adds a bit more fizz and dilutes the drink slightly, making it a perfect aperitif or cocktail hour sipper.

5
<p>Stir the ingredients together gently with a cocktail spoon. This mixes the flavors without disrupting the bubbles in the Prosecco and club soda.</p>

Stir the ingredients together gently with a cocktail spoon. This mixes the flavors without disrupting the bubbles in the Prosecco and club soda.

6
<p>Garnish the drink with a grapefruit slice or zest. To do so, first express the orange zest on top of the glass.</p>

Garnish the drink with a grapefruit slice or zest. To do so, first express the orange zest on top of the glass.

7
<p>Then, drop it into the glass. The grapefruit adds a bright, fresh note that complements the bitter Cynar and sweet Prosecco beautifully.</p>

Then, drop it into the glass. The grapefruit adds a bright, fresh note that complements the bitter Cynar and sweet Prosecco beautifully.

Variations

Exploring for more inspiration? Here are a few of our cherished selections:

  • Amaro Spritz: This delightful take features amaro, sparkling wine, and soda water. The amaro introduces a complex bitterness, while the sparkling wine adds a crisp, bubbly element. Soda water provides a refreshing finish. I love how the bitterness of the amaro contrasts with the bubbly sweetness of the wine, making it a perfect choice for a sunny afternoon.
  • Cynar Negroni: This uses Cynar, a bittersweet liqueur made from artichokes, in place of Campari. The result is a deeper, earthier flavor profile. Gin and sweet vermouth round out the mix, adding botanical and sweet notes respectively. The Cynar’s unique flavor stands out, creating an intriguing and complex taste. I particularly enjoy how the earthy bitterness pairs with the gin’s botanicals, offering a unique twist on a classic favorite.
  • Bitter Giuseppe: This combines Cynar with sweet vermouth and a dash of lemon juice. The sweet vermouth adds a rich sweetness, while the lemon juice provides a bright, acidic counterpoint. A touch of orange bitters enhances the overall complexity. This combination creates a perfectly balanced mix of sweet, bitter, and sour, making it a satisfying choice for those who enjoy bold flavors.

History and Origin of the Cynar Spritz

The Cynar Spritz cocktail, a delightful blend of bitter and sweet flavors, has origins tracing back to Italy. The star ingredient, Cynar, is an artichoke-based liqueur that first made its appearance in the Italian market in 1952. Its creator, Angelo Dalle Molle, was a Venetian entrepreneur and philanthropist who had a knack for inventing unique products.

Dalle Molle’s creation quickly gained popularity among Italians who appreciated its distinctive flavor profile. It wasn’t long before creative mixologists began experimenting with this new liqueur, leading to the birth of the Cynar Spritz.

The spritz part of the cocktail comes from a long-standing Italian tradition. In the 19th century, Austrian soldiers stationed in Italy found local wines too strong for their taste. They started asking bartenders to “spritz” or spray a bit of water into their wine to lighten it up. This practice evolved over time, and by the 20th century, Italians were adding a splash of soda water and a shot of bitter liqueur to their white wine, creating what we now know as the spritz.

A Cynar Spritz cocktail, shot from above, in a wine glass on a beige surface surrounded by Cynar, Prosecco and soda water.

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FAQ

How many calories does a Cynar Spritz contain?
A typical Cynar Spritz contains approximately 150-200 calories. However, the exact number can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is a Cynar Spritz?
The strength of a Cynar Spritz can vary based on the ratio of ingredients, but it generally has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 9%. This translates to about 18 proof, making it a relatively light cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Cynar Spritz?
Cynar Spritz is made with Cynar, an Italian bitter liqueur made from artichokes and other botanicals. It's this unique ingredient that gives the drink its distinctive flavor.
In what kind of glass is a Cynar Spritz typically served?
Traditionally, a Cynar Spritz is served in a wine glass or a rocks glass, depending on personal preference or available glassware.
What does a Cynar Spritz taste like?
A Cynar Spritz offers a complex flavor profile that's both bitter and sweet. The bitterness comes from the Cynar, while the Prosecco and soda water provide the sweetness and refreshing fizziness. The overall taste is refreshing, bittersweet and slightly herbal.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Cynar Spritz?
The standard ratio for a Cynar Spritz is 3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts Cynar, and 1 part soda water. This creates a balanced blend of flavors without overpowering the unique taste of the Cynar.
How is a Cynar Spritz typically served?
A Cynar Spritz is usually served over ice to keep it chilled and slightly dilute the strong flavors.
Is Cynar Spritz a good cocktail for beginners?
Yes, a Cynar Spritz is an excellent choice for cocktail beginners. Its relatively low alcohol content and refreshing taste make it an easy introduction to the world of cocktails.
Where did the Cynar Spritz originate?
The Cynar Spritz originated in Italy, where both Prosecco and Cynar are produced. It's a popular aperitif in Italian culture, often enjoyed before meals to stimulate the appetite.

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