Cynar Flip Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:~15

Created by

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.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Cynar Flip is a modern cocktail that combines the bitter and herbal notes of Cynar with the smoothness of Canadian whisky. The addition of Cointreau adds a touch of citrus sweetness, while the clove simple syrup imparts a warm spice that's perfect for cooler weather.

  • Who Would Like It?
    • Fans of herbal and bitter flavors
    • Those who appreciate a full-bodied cocktail
    • Adventurers looking for a twist on classic flips

How Cynar Flip Tastes?

The Cynar Flip has a complex flavor profile. It is herbaceous and slightly bitter due to the Cynar, with a rich depth from the whisky. The Cointreau and clove syrup balance the bitterness with sweetness and spice, while the whole egg gives it a creamy, luxurious texture.

Interesting facts about Cynar Flip

  • Cynar is an Italian amaro made from artichokes and a blend of herbs.
  • The 'flip' cocktail category traditionally includes a whole egg, which provides a rich and creamy consistency.
  • Jerry Thomas, after whom the bitters are named, is often referred to as the 'father of American mixology'.


Alberta Premium Canadian whisky

Whisky provides a robust foundation with caramel and vanilla notes that play well with the herbal bitterness of Cynar. Using 1 oz keeps the drink balanced without overpowering the other flavors. Too much and your cocktail might take on more of a whisky punch, too little and you might miss the depth it adds.

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Cynar, an Italian bitter liqueur with artichoke as its main flavor, adds a vegetal, earthy quality and a bittersweet backbone that's essential for the Flip's character. Skip it, and you'll lose the drink's signature profile. Substituting with another amaro can work, but expect a different kind of bitter-sweet dance on your palate.

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The Cointreau is a sweet orange-flavored liqueur that adds a touch of citrus brightness, providing a perfect counterpoint to the bitter notes. Half an ounce is enough to get its essence without making the drink too sweet. Use a different orange liqueur and the flavor profile may shift slightly, but the essence will remain.

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Clove simple syrup

The clove syrup brings in a warming, seasonal spice that complements the cocktail's complexity. A quarter ounce ensures that it's a subtle undercurrent rather than a dominant force. Without it, the drink may lack some warmth and spice layering. An alternative like cinnamon syrup could offer a different aromatic twist with a similar warming vibe.

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Whole egg

The egg is essential for the silky texture and the satisfying body of a Flip. It creates that lush mouthfeel that makes the cocktail almost a dessert in itself. Leave it out, and you'll miss the rich, smooth texture that defines a Flip. If you're vegan or allergic, using aquafaba can create a similar texture, but the richness will be slightly different.

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The Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas’ Own Decanter bitters

A dash of these bitters—a tribute to legendary bartender Jerry Thomas—adds a final layer of complex botanicals. Without it, the cocktail would be less nuanced. While you can use other bitters like Angostura, Jerry Thomas’ bitters have a unique blend that gives this particular cocktail its finishing touch.

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Recipe. How to make Cynar Flip Drink

  1. Add all the ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
  2. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  3. Optionally, garnish with a sprinkle of grated nutmeg or a clove for an aromatic finish.

Pro Tips

  • For a smoother texture, dry shake (shake without ice) the ingredients first to emulsify the egg, then add ice and shake again.
  • Serve immediately after shaking to enjoy the frothy top layer.
  • Chilling the coupe glass beforehand will keep your cocktail colder for longer.

Perfect Pairings


Aged cheeses like Gouda or Cheddar can complement the rich and nuanced flavors of the Cynar Flip. The firm texture and deep flavors of the cheese contrast nicely with the creamy and slightly bitter notes of the cocktail.


Smoked meats such as prosciutto or speck offer a savory balance to the sweetness and complexity of the drink. The smokiness of the meats pairs well with the whisky undertones.


Opt for desserts that aren't too sweet, such as a dark chocolate tart or an espresso panna cotta, which will go well with the bitters and the herbal notes of Cynar.

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What you could change in Cynar Flip

  • Whisky: If Alberta Premium is unavailable, any high-quality Canadian whisky can be used.
  • Cynar: While Cynar is unique, other amaros like Averna or Ramazzotti can provide a similar bitter profile.
  • Clove Simple Syrup: If you don't have time to make the syrup, a dash of clove bitters can add the spice element.

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Espresso Cynar Flip

Ingredients: Same as the original recipe but replace the Cointreau with 1/2 oz of strong cold espresso.

Recipe: Shake all ingredients vigorously with ice and strain into a chilled coupe glass.

Replacing the Cointreau with espresso will push the cocktail towards a more robust, coffee-forward profile, enhancing the bitterness in an aromatic and energizing way.

Spiced Cynar Flip

Ingredients: Same as original but add a pinch of ground cardamom to the shaker.

Recipe: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled coupe glass.

By introducing cardamom, you'll be giving the drink a spicy, exotic twist that will warm you from the inside out, complementing the clove and adding to the herbal concoction.

Citrus Cynar Flip

Ingredients: Same as original, but add an extra 1/4 oz of fresh lemon juice and use 1/4 oz triple sec instead of Cointreau.

Recipe: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled coupe glass.

The added lemon juice will bring a tartness that cuts through the richness of the egg and the sweetness of the syrup, providing a sharper edge and brighter profile. The use of triple sec instead of Cointreau offers a lighter orange note that doesn’t overpower the new citrusy lead.

In case you forgot basics how to make Cynar Flip

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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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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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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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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Frequently Asked Questions on Cynar Flip

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Cynar Flip?

To make a non-alcoholic version, you will need to find non-alcoholic substitutes for the whisky and Cointreau. For the bitter notes of Cynar, consider using a bitter non-alcoholic aperitif.

Is there a vegan alternative to using a whole egg in the Cynar Flip?

Yes, a common vegan substitute is aquafaba, the liquid from a can of chickpeas. It whips up similarly to egg whites and provides a vegan way to achieve the frothy texture.

How long does it take to make clove simple syrup?

Homemade clove simple syrup typically takes about 20 minutes to prepare, including the time for the syrup to cool after simmering cloves with sugar and water.

What is the history of the 'flip' cocktail category?

Flip cocktails date back to the 17th century, originally a mixture of beer, rum, and sugar heated with a red-hot iron, which caused the drink to froth or 'flip'.

How can I tell if the egg in the cocktail is fresh?

You can check the freshness of an egg by placing it in a bowl of water; fresh eggs will sink and lie flat on their sides, while older eggs will float or stand on one end.

What's the best way to garnish a Cynar Flip?

A traditional garnish would be a sprinkle of grated nutmeg or a clove on top, which complements the spice notes of the cocktail.

Are flips served warm or cold?

Modern flips, including the Cynar Flip, are served cold, unlike historical flips which were served warm.

What kind of glassware is ideal for serving the Cynar Flip?

The Cynar Flip is ideally served in a chilled coupe glass to maintain its temperature and to showcase its creamy texture.

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