The Pessimist's Requiem

August  2, 2013
1 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Makes 1 drink
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

What You'll Need
  • 1.5 ounces Cynar liqueur
  • 1 ounce Gin
  • 1 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • .5 ounces simple syrup
  • dash orange bitters (Fee Brother's preferred)
  • 1 thick orange peel
  1. Fill a cocktail shaker or mixing glass with ice.
  2. Add all the ingredients, except the orange peel, to the ice. Shake or stir gently for at least ten seconds.
  3. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with the orange peel. Take a sip and hopefully you'll hear the music!

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2 Reviews

Heidi M. April 15, 2018
This drink is wonderful. Love the way the other flavors balance out the Cynar. Well done! Cheers!
Mollyh July 20, 2014
This is a keeper. Really, really good.