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Author Notes: Given my handle, when I saw a recipe online for something called Eeyore's Requiem, I had to mix it up right away. It wasn't bad but I thought I could improve it. It was heavy on Campari and I wanted to use more Cynar. After some experimentation, The Pessimist's Requiem was born. It balances the bitterness of amaro with the fruit of lime and orange, without tilting over into sweetness. —ProfPessimist
Makes 1 drink
ounces Cynar liqueur
ounce dry vermouth
ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
ounces simple syrup
orange bitters (Fee Brother's preferred)
thick orange peel
- Fill a cocktail shaker or mixing glass with ice.
- Add all the ingredients, except the orange peel, to the ice. Shake or stir gently for at least ten seconds.
- Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with the orange peel. Take a sip and hopefully you'll hear the music!