Weeknights with Jenny

The Pessimist's Requiem

By • August 12, 2013 • 17 Comments

Jenny is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.

Today: Jenny finds a new drink. 

Pessimist Requiem from Food52

So listen everyone, I might be late to Cynar but guess what? That is all I want to drink right now. This may end up like Aperol, which I bought two bottles of last summer, sucked down nightly and promptly forgot about for a year. But for now, Cynar and soda is where it is at for Jenny. 

But ProfPessimist, who I visit with in Los Angeles annually in part because he has a very, very good home bar, had other ideas. He would take some recipes he found on the interweb, fiddle around with them, and create the perfect Cynar cocktail.  

All of this unfolded the way it does each year: the Prof, aka Joshua, poured a whole lot of booze into his shaker and we sipped away at many largely undrinkable beverages until, mildly shit-faced, we stumbled upon something close to sublime.

Joshua’s wife, as if on cue, ambled down the stairs from her latest Google search on where to procure the best Biángbiáng noodles in Los Angeles county and tried the concoction while we, glassy-eyed and overly excitable, looked out hopefully as she, an avid wine drinker, proclaimed it: good, not her thing.

Well The Pessimist's Requiem is your thing people, a perfect mix of Cynnar’s bitter, sort of vegetal goodness that, like Campari and Aperol, pairs so well with citrus, and topped with a bit of vermouth and bitters. 

Shake, pour, sip, repeat. 

The Pessimist's Requiem by ProfPessimist

Makes 1 drink

1 1/2 ounces Cynar liqueur
1 ounce gin
1 ounce dry vermouth
1 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Dash orange bitters (Fee Brother's preferred)
1 thick orange peel

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by James Ransom

Tags: jenny, drink, cocktail, gin, everyday cooking

Comments (17)

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12 months ago cucina di mammina

I am Italian and Cynar was a household item and used in many drink recipes in our famiglia. This herbal bitter blend that includes artichokes and as many as 12 other ingredients is a favorite of mine still today, served over ice with lemon twist as an aperitif or in drink recipes from my past. I will be featuring Cynar on my blog soon as we approach the fall and winter season. Thanks for this great article and bringing Cynar to the forefront again.

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12 months ago Jestei

I look forward to reading your piece on this great ingredient.

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12 months ago the totally not-foolish pucko

Cynar get's surprisingly little love. I like to think it's somebody's attempt to make Coke with herbs. It's kind of got a deep brown herbal kind of thing going- like horehound candy...

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12 months ago Jestei

well i would say it is definitely not pushed at bars. its almost like a not secret secret.

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12 months ago mrslarkin

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holy crap i'm obsessed with those noodles so i tried to make my own: http://food52.com/recipes...

nice drink

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12 months ago Jestei

wow next jenny?

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12 months ago mrslarkin

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sure! they are crazy fun to make. sconegirl had a blast helping me. watch the video first, if you do try them. the link is in my header.

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12 months ago sinosoul

J, you're so crazy. Anyhow, there's only "one" place in all of LA to get biangbiang noodles... Shaanxi Gourmet.

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12 months ago Jestei

ok will you take me there next time?

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12 months ago sinosoul

Absolutely. Just stop escaping from LA so unceremoniously next time.

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12 months ago k.woody

This sounds delicious. Glad to hear I'm not the only one who likes weird Italian liqueurs haha. We did a bit of experimenting ourselves - turns out cynar and bourbon are also a match made in heaven: http://neighborhoodkitchensf...

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12 months ago Jestei

i like you post

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12 months ago pierino

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I love Italian apertivi, in part because of their low alcohol content (when left by their ownselves). Cynar is interesting because it's vegetable component is mostly artichoke.

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12 months ago Jestei

yes it is really something.

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12 months ago Rochelle Bilow

Yes! Yes, yes, yes. The addition of bitters will, I believe, make this the most perfectly perfect drink I can hope to encounter.

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12 months ago Jestei

Don't you love all these cool bitters out there?

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12 months ago Rochelle Bilow

Rhubarb! <3