The only thing bittersweet about this healthy cocktail recipe is that you'll eventually have to stop drinking it—eventually.

By Alyssa Sparacino

At face value, the name of this cocktail rings true to its ingredients. The Italian liqueur called Cynar is bitter, yes, but a honey-based simple syrup (just swap sugar for honey when you DIY it) as well as the aperitif wine add sweetness to your glass for the perfect drink that's-you guessed it-bittersweet.

But soon after you take your first sip of this healthy, boozy drink, you'll realize bartender Robby Nelson of The Long Island Bar in Brooklyn has something else in mind when thinking up the name of this cocktail-it tastes so good that you won't want to ever get to the bottom of your glass. And when you do, well, it'll be bittersweet.

The steps it takes to craft this cocktail are pretty simple. Add all ingredients except club soda to a chilled shaker and shake the heck out of it. Then strain the mixture into a Collins glass and pour some bubbly club soda on top for some added refreshment. Top it off with a pretty slice of lemon and you have yourself a lounge-worthy drink that will impress your friends...if you want to share, that is.

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Bittersweet Cocktail Recipe


1 oz. Cynar (Italian bitter liqueur)

3/4 oz. Cocchi Americano (aperitif wine)

1 oz. lemon juice

3/4 oz. honey-based simple syrup


Club soda


  1. In a shaker combine lemon juice, honey syrup, Cocchi Americano, Cynar, and ice.
  2. Vigorously shake everything together.
  3. Strain mixture into a Collins glass to about half full.
  4. Top it off with club soda and more ice. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

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