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Finding the Right Use for Gran Classico Bitter & Cynar

patsully | May 4, 201405:12 PM     2

Hi all, long time reader, first time posting. Some suggestions wanted for enjoying Gran Classico Bitter and Cynar.

The Negroni is currently my go to drink, but it's been an acquired taste. I hated it initially, but I built up my tolerance for the traditional 1:1:1 recipe over time by starting with less Campari and increasing the amount as time went on.

That led me to try out some Campari alternatives, but I haven't warmed to them as quickly. The Gran Classico tastes too sweet, which doesn't feel right as a substitute in a Negroni. Cynar on the other hand is so aggressively bitter that it seems a much better match for rye than gin (I've made this "Little Italy" cocktail many times: https://www.chowhound.com/recipes/lit...).

Any other bright ideas for these apéritifs?

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