Bitter Giuseppe Cocktail Recipe

Bitter Giuseppe Nutrition Facts






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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

August 9, 2023


The Bitter Giuseppe cocktail was created by Stephen Cole, a bartender at The Violet Hour in Chicago. It is a variation of the classic Negroni, but with the addition of Cynar, an Italian bitter liqueur made from artichokes. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy bitter and herbal flavors, and it has become a popular choice among cocktail enthusiasts.

  • The Bitter Giuseppe was first created in the early 2000s
  • It is often enjoyed as an aperitif before a meal
  • The cocktail is named after Giuseppe Cipriani, the founder of the famous Harry's Bar in Venice, Italy

How Bitter Giuseppe Tastes?

The Bitter Giuseppe is a complex and bitter cocktail with herbal and earthy notes. It has a slightly sweet and citrusy undertone, with a rich and velvety texture. The bitterness is balanced by the sweetness of the vermouth and the orange twist garnish.

Interesting facts about Bitter Giuseppe

  • Cynar, the key ingredient in the Bitter Giuseppe, is made from 13 different herbs and plants, including artichoke
  • The Bitter Giuseppe is sometimes called a 'grown-up Negroni' due to its more complex and bitter flavor profile
  • The cocktail is often served on the rocks, but can also be enjoyed straight up


Recipe. How to make Bitter Giuseppe Drink

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice
  2. Add Cynar, sweet vermouth, lemon juice, orange bitters, and simple syrup
  3. Stir well to combine and chill the ingredients
  4. Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice
  5. Garnish with an orange twist, expressing the oils over the top of the cocktail and placing it on the rim of the glass

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lemon juice for a brighter, more vibrant flavor.
  • Chill your glass before pouring the cocktail to keep it cold longer.
  • Express the orange twist over the glass to release its oils, adding an extra layer of flavor.

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What you could change in Bitter Giuseppe

  • Cynar: Can be substituted with another bitter liqueur, such as Campari or Aperol.
  • Sweet Vermouth: Can be replaced with dry vermouth for a less sweet cocktail.
  • Orange Bitters: If unavailable, Angostura bitters can be used as a substitute.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Bitter Giuseppe

Can I use any other garnish besides the orange twist for the Bitter Giuseppe?

Yes, while the orange twist is traditional, you can experiment with other types of citrus like grapefruit or even aromatics like rosemary.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Bitter Giuseppe?

You can make a mocktail version by using non-alcoholic substitutes for the alcohols, like non-alcoholic sweet vermouth and non-alcoholic bitter liqueur. Lemon juice, orange bitters and syrup can remain the same.

What kind of food pairs well with a Bitter Giuseppe?

Given its Italian origins and bitter profile, the Bitter Giuseppe pairs well with rich pasta dishes, hearty meats, and strong cheeses.

Why is the cocktail named after Giuseppe Cipriani?

While the cocktail is only suggestively named after him, Giuseppe Cipriani was a well-known figure in the cocktail world, having founded the famous Harry's Bar in Venice, Italy.

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Extra information to help you make Bitter Giuseppe

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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